Dmae Roberts talks with  three Portland authors about self and small press publishing. Martha Hull, Sandra de Helen and Patti Duncan represent three different genres of books: an artistic picture book, a murder mystery and a collection of essays. They all have new recently published books. We hear about their journey through funding, editing, design and publishing.

(Aired LIVE at 11am  Tues 12/16/14 on KBOO 90.7FM.) 



More about the authors and their books:

get-attachment.aspxDeath’s Daughter and the Basket of Kittens is an imaginative story  and artfully drawn picture book. This coming of age tale features the Grim Reaper’s daughter, Belladonna, and her four death-absorbing kittens, Pestilence, Famine, Strife, and Fluffy.

Martha Hull is a visual storyteller. She dreams up cute, funny, deadly little stories, draws pictures of them, and makes them into gently macabre books and videos.

She has two adult picture books in print currently including Untimely Death Alphabet is a collection of wordless cautionary tales of small children about to meet their untimely demises, told in pictures in the shapes of the letters of the alphabet.

Available online at

Illustrious Client Cover Only CompliantThe Illustrious Client is the second in a series of this clever twist on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Book One of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, The Hounding, introduces the private investigator and her sidekick as they meet each other, and Mary begins to chronicle the cases. Shirley is hired to solve the murder of Priscilla Vandeleur, who is hounded to her death by what she has felt cursed by her entire life. A rich heiress, she leaves plenty of suspects. As Shirley Combs investigates, Mary tags along and learns a few things. Set in Portland, Oregon where the trees provide beauty, lumber, paper, fuel, and fodder for a murder mystery.

Sandra de Helen’s books as well as short stories are available at bookstores, libraries, and online. Her poetry and plays are published in several journals. Samples of her works are on her website Even though she says she isn’t a “joiner,” de Helen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Oregon Writers Colony, the Golden Crown Literary Society, and International Centre for Women Playwright.

Read her blog at She lives with her cat Stanton in Portland, Oregon where they both type.

EastAsianCoverSmallMothering in East Asian Communities is a collection of essays and poetry created by co-editors Patti Duncan and Gina Wong and published by Demeter Press, the first small press publisher focused on the topic of mothering and motherhood. Many of the pieces by both women and men take on the myth of the “tiger mom.” The gives us insight with thought-provoking writing about the personal and political analysis of motherhood and how it’s shaped by race, class, culture and sexuality.

Patti Duncan is associate professor and Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University where she specializes in transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, and feminist media studies.

Gina Wong is a Registered Psychologist and associate professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. Gina has a program of research focused on maternal mental health and wellness.

Find out more about the book at

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