RESEARCH: Tomatoes

I almost got tripped up by tomatoes. When I was creating the world of DIVIDED LOYALTIES, I thought I considered everything. I went through antique photos of clothes and uniforms. I drove through the countryside near Sharpsburg so I knew what Maureen saw as she marched from home to hospital and back. I read an article (thanks…

INSPIRED: Mom’s cherished moments

It was just a kelly green notebook, the kind I used for Math and Social Studies. But inside, day after day, for years, it served as my mother’s diary. Mom documented all kinds of things inside: births, deaths, new jobs, Easter brunch, the day she finished her hand-hooked rug (It took a year and a…

First steps in promoting my novel

I’ve done all the work to build settings that show how I think the countryside around Antietam Creek looked in 1862. I researched the Battle of Antietam, battlefield nurses and medicine (only enough; I’m squeamish). I’ve considered the clothes people wore then, the foods they ate, the names of the roads and churches and when…

DIVIDED LOYALTIES — New novel coming in July

  Drum roll, please. I’m thrilled to reveal the cover design for my upcoming novel, DIVIDED LOYALTIES. My Civil War historical novel will be published in paperback and e-book by Black Rose Writing on July 27, 2017. I wrote my Civil War novel  for my mother and my daughters. I wrote it to honor Clara Barton, a personal heroine and the…