Author’s note

I write historical fiction with ❤️.

DSCN1166I’ve spent 35 years as a journalist, always chasing facts, figures and quotes.

Then I discovered fiction. Facts are still nice but now I could make it all up! History adds a little fact to my fiction. When I began thinking about how ordinary people respond to extraordinary times, I knew what I wanted to write about.

As a journalist, I’ve written for Maryland-based community newspapers and I’ve written six travel guides for Frommer’s  and one for  Globe-Pequot. I still freelance but spend most of my time in my own little fictional worlds.

I wrote my first novel (the first I’ll claim, anyway) Divided Loyalties, during National Novel Writing Month in 2015. Black Rose Writing published it July 27, 2017. Meanwhile, I have two more stories in the works. I’ll start yet another during NaNoWriMo 2017.

My husband and I have three grown children. I also travel a lot (and then write a travel blog, ADayAwayTravel.)

I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers. You can find me on Twitter at @MaryKTilghman and on Pinterest at MK Tilghman where I also post the essays from this blog at Novelist in Training.

This blog, I hope, reveals a little of what I’m writing, what I’m reading, how I’m working.

  • Though I don’t write a blog post every day there’s a schedule for them:
  • Mondays — Writing, mine or others
  • Tuesdays — Read: a mini-review
  • Wednesdays — A story, usually an outtake from my WIP.
  • Thursdays — Research: There’s lots of it in historical fiction
  • Fridays — Inspiration: a final thought to push me (and all of us) into the weekend.

Enough about me. Let me know about you. You can reach me at maryktilghmanwrites (at) (You do know you have to use the @ sign in the email address, of course.)

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