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I grew up in Ojai, California, a wonderful place where you could ride your horse down Main Street and there was a hitching post outside the library. It was a bedroom town for Hollywood, full of writers and actors and directors, so there was always something going on, and famous people’s discarded trousers tended to end up in the local thrift shop. Ojai also had a branch office for every philosophical and religious movement to arrive in California since the 20s. I loved it and it became the template for Ayala, the setting for several of my books.

My father, Francis M. Cockrell, was a screenwriter, and my mother, Marian Cockrell, was a screenwriter and a novelist. I first began to write, badly, in high school, where I created characters that m
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The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead is nearly here. Ordinarily I would be getting out the decorations, bringing Catrina and El Jefe up from the cellar and dressing them in their party clothes. This year, no. No party and less incentive to decorate. The decorations are just fluff anyway; the heart of the Day of the Dead is the ofrenda, the altar with pictures of our lost loved ones, and little gifts for them to en

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I loved this. It’s magical in a sort of mythic sense, a recreation of a lost time that feels absolutely real. Her use of language and seventeenth century diction is extraordinary, beautifully researched (as is the rest of the book) and readable at th ...more
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This book has everything I love in a novel: Big old English country house, big sprawling, messy family, magic, old gods, and ghosts. It has a cliff hanger ending and a sequel is promised but I haven't seen it. I have to admit I hate it when books end ...more
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“Helen stood up., "Accept that the universe is an apparently random dance. There may be a pattern to it-I think there probably is-but we can't see it from where we are.You have to let the dance happen. You'll love some of it and hate some it.”
Amanda Cockrell, What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay

“that's becuase you're my angel. Angel by name, angel by nature.”
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