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Christa Polkinhorn
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Attended University of California, San Diego
Lives in Los Angeles, CA
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Another one of my favorite poets!
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The importance of poetry--for all writers!
I love hearing new methods for improving the order and shape of sentences. It's hard as you're writing and editing to feel like you're creating something that
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It's Monday. Have some fun with pictures!
Picture tour of An Uncommon Family. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. The city of Zurich, Switzerland, where Anna, Jonas, and little Karla first meet. The river Limmat in the foreground and the two towers of the Grossmünster cathedral. This is what Karla sees, as she sits in ...
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A picture tour through the novel!
Picture tour of An Uncommon Family. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. The city of Zurich, Switzerland, where Anna, Jonas, and little Karla first meet. The river Limmat in the foreground and the two towers of the Grossmünster cathedral. This is what Karla sees, as she sits in ...
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Happy Monday!
One of my favorite types of research for my novels is traveling to different places where my characters live and work. This time, I spent a few days in one of my favorite spots in California, namely in Cambria at the Cambria ...
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Pictures as inspiration!
While Nicholas flies back to California, Sofia visits her vineyard and her sister in Vignaverde, Tuscany. It's the first time she is in Tuscany in spring. Red poppies, blue cornflowers and vines as far as the eye can see. Piedmont Pixabay. The search for her missing great-uncle Angelo, ...
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Have a great day!
I was browsing through my Writing directory and came across a folder I totally forgot about, called Poems 2000. These are poems I wrote around the year 2000 and after reading a few, I decided to review them and perhaps use th...
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Another one of my favorite songs!
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Pictures of my novel FINDING ANGELO (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 2) Sit back and enjoy!
While Nicholas flies back to California, Sofia visits her vineyard and her sister in Vignaverde, Tuscany. It's the first time she is in Tuscany in spring. Red poppies, blue cornflowers and vines as far as the eye can see. Piedmont Pixabay. The search for her missing great-uncle Angelo, ...
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A few pictures about the novel THE ITALIAN SISTER http://myBook.to/ItalianSister ENJOY!
Picture Tour of The Italian Sister. Pictures which served as inspiration to the novel. Sofia's house in S.M. 2. Sofia's and Henry's house in Santa Monica – Sofia inherited it after Henry's death. d. Restaurant at the Beach where the Farewell Luncheon for Henry took palce.
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Pictures which inspired the novel EMILIA (Family Portrait, Book 3)
Picture tour of Emilia. Emilia. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. Rustici - Home of the O'Reilly family. Several rustici in the Vallemaggia (canton Ticino in the south of Switzerland). This could be the home of the O'Reilly family. Azaleas in the corner of the O'Reilly patio.
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Author of fiction and poetry, translator of English to German, lover of life, red wine, and dark chocolate
Introduction
Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had a desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California and divides her time between the United States and her native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs her literary work. Most of her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, Christa is an avid reader, a lover of the arts and dark chocolate. Christa has published three novels, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, LOVE OF A STONEMASON, and EMILIA as well as a collection of poems, PATH OF FIRE. Her novel "An Uncommon Family" is available in German under the title, EINE UNGEWÖHNLICHE FAMILIE.
Education
  • University of California, San Diego
    B. A. English
  • Coleman College
    B. S. Computer Science
  • University of Zurich
    English & German Literature & Linguistics, Art History
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Writing, Translating
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  • Bookworm Press
    Author/Translator, present
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Los Angeles, CA
Previously
Malibu, CA - San Diego, CA - New York, NY - Vermont, MA - Zurich, Switzerland - Wettswil, Switzerland - Cusco, Peru
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Dreaming and Research - Central Coast of California
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One of my favorite types of research for my novels is traveling to different places where my characters live and work. This time, I spent a

Picture Tour – Finding Angelo | Bookworm Press
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While Nicholas flies back to California, Sofia visits her vineyard and her sister in Vignaverde, Tuscany. It's the first time she is in Tusc

Surprise Find - New "old" Poems
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I was browsing through my Writing directory and came across a folder I totally forgot about, called Poems 2000. These are poems I wrote arou

Picture Tour – Emilia | Bookworm Press
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Picture tour of Emilia. Emilia. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. Rustici - Home of the O'Reilly family. Several rustici

Picture Tour – Love of a Stonemason | Bookworm Press
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Picture tour of Love of a Stonemason. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. Painting by Harry Polkinhorn. The unfinished pai

Finding Angelo (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 2) - paperback is out!!
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Dear Loyal Readers, I have great news for those of you who still like to hold a "real" book--made of reap paper and ink and with a beautiful

Huntington Library, Pasadena, California - Part 2
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My second visit to the Huntington Library was in company with my friend Jackie Ingerson. This time around, I got to see one of the great tre

Huntington Library, Pasadena, California - go on a treasure hunt!
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One of my favorite places in the southern California area is the Huntington Library. "Library" is almost a misnomer, if you think of a regul

Curmudgeon - Wordsmith, Part 2
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Hello Fellow Scriveners and Lovers of Words. Here are a few more terms, which intrigued me, so I checked out their meaning and origin. Enjoy

Serendipity - Wordsmith, Part 1
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I decided to toss around some interesting words. As a writer, and particularly one who writes in her non-native language, I'm constantly try

Day 7 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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Day 7 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge. I conclude it with the stunning scenery of Peru: El Beso, famous sculpture in Lima by Victor Delfin

Day 6 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge
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Day 6 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge: Thinking of a wonderful trip through Maine I took with my friend, Diane Busch. And here are some pi

Day 4 and 5 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge!
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Just to summarize: I was invited to take part in the Scenic/Landscape challenge by Darlene Foster. Here are the pictures of Day 4. (I actual

Day 3 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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Day 3: Castello di Pavone in Ivrea, Italy (Piedmont). This is unique castle dates back to Medieval times. It is now a hotel/restaurant, wher

A Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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I was invited by my friend and author Darlene Foster to take part in the Scenic/Landscape Challenge and post a picture a day for the next se

Back in Sunny California
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Hello everyone. This post has nothing to do with writing. I simply wanted to show you how I spent my first days back in Southern California.

'Landmark Occasion' e-card by Jacquie Lawson
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'Landmark Occasion' e-card by Jacquie Lawson - the classiest e-cards on the web!

Look and See!
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There is a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, called Look And See (Why I Wake Early), in which she shows us through he

Samichlaus - Sankt Nikolaus (Santa Claus) visits Switzerland on December 6!
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Unlike in the United States where I live now, Santa Claus (or Samichlaus in Zurich dialect) is celebrated on December 6, in my original home

Coffee, cake, chatting, and mulled wine with author Linda Huber in Zurich
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For those who missed Linda's blog post last week! One of the challenges of being an independent author is creating connections, but this is

I have been a member for many years, ever since they had the small store across the street. Lots has changed since then, but the most important things have not: the excellent groceries, the friendly and helpful staff, the free samples of excellent coffee. I love to shop at the Coop! Keep up the good work, guys.
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