I HAVE CREATED A BOOK ABOUT BEARDS

While I was writing Courageous Women of the Civil War, I kept running across all these Civil War generals that had the damndest facial hair you ever saw. I mean it wasn’t like the 2014 Royals where everybody suddenly sprouted beards and actually starting winning games. I mean ginormous beards, …

“ROSE TO THE OCCASION” NOW AVAILABLE & IS FOR SALE

Dang, I am happy to see this one finished. Charles Anctil, Master Rosarian with the American Rose Society, and personal buddy, has looked over the manuscript and made recommendations, all of which I followed, so I have his stamp of approval on this book. Roses are the Queen of Flowers. …

Secrets of the Trade: The Wisecrack Notebook

My favorite books are those where the characters spout wisecracks that make me laugh aloud, or those that capture the tiny details of life so clearly that I feel like I’m actually there with the main character, seeing those details. I want to write books like that. But then I …

Trigger fingers in mittens

I have a little throwaway line in my book, Courageous Women of the Civil War, about when the women of both sides rushed to prepare their soldiers for battle in the early days of the Civil War. Women knitted all kinds of goods for the men, such as socks and …

A good review in Kirkus for Courageous Women of the Civil War

How about that? The first review — like the first bluebird of spring. At least it was a bluebird and not a Pteranodon come to tear my head off.  The review is from Kirkus, and though I’ve heard they can be pretty harsh reviewers, my book got an even-handed treatment …

Harriet Jacobs — Author, Aid Worker, Abolitionist

A lot of folks haven’t heard of Harriet Jacobs, and that’s just wrong — they should hear about her. Born into slavery, Harriet escaped from her so-called “master” and hid in her free grandmother’s house, in a tiny space only 9 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 3 feet tall. …