While living in Amsterdam, I became immersed in the Dutch language and the city’s 17th century Golden Age history and art. Learning that the contemporary Amsterdam Museum had served as the official city orphanage for 450 years piqued my imagination. I wondered about life among the countless children who resided in that large building and amused themselves in the courtyard.
The result: Amsterdam Trilogy. Book One: From among the throngs, one lively fictional orphan emerged. Then, a grieving family. Next, a father’s obsession with a lost, sensual etching; Book Two: We follow the epic adventures of a beautiful, young displaced Spanish woman - Isabela; and in Book Three: A naïve peasant genius faces multiple challenges as he rises from rural poverty to prominence.