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Experience is at the heart of it

Everything counts.

Nothing is extraneous.

All of it, mundane and joyous,

the ecstasy and the failure,

the whole unearned exhilarating lot of it

gathered up into this rich handful of words.


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Elizabeth Campbell Ward grew up along the Arroyo in Pasadena, California. After graduating from Stanford University she moved with her husband and children to Newport Beach where she authored the Coast Road Mystery series: Laguna Contracts, Coast Highway 1, and A Nice Little Beach Town. Death in a California Landscape is the fourth in the series. The novel Muse and novellas in Imaginary Gardens take Ward in a new direction away from mysteries to fiction celebrating the driving force in nature toward life and the very human compulsion to create.