Coming to Annapolis this spring

When The Spring Author Series returns to the Rising Sun Inn for 2019, I’ll be one of the three local women invited to speak about their writing. All three of us have written about Maryland heroines against the backdrop of history. I’m honored both for the invitation and the opportunity to rub shoulders with these fine…

Happy birthday, DIVIDED LOYALTIES

A year ago today, Divided Loyalties hit the bookstores. (Well, it actually hit the Amazon virtual bookstore. My story about a courageous teenage girl, her patriotic brother, their all-American friends and the battlefields and hospitals that changed their lives was born. So happy birthday to Maureen. To Joe. To their parents Kate and Daniel. To…

Paying tribute to Civil War nurses, like Maureen, during Women’s History Month

Last Saturday, I took part in a Women’s History Month event at the Boonsboro Library. While my two fellow panelists are real historians—John Banks writes a great Civil War blog, and Emilie Amt is a professor of history at Hood College—I was invited because of DIVIDED LOYALTIES. The program was organized by Smoketown-Antietam Hospital Project. It…

An audio book for DIVIDED LOYALTIES

When DIVIDED LOYALTIES was released this summer, my father sent copies to friends and relatives all over the country. Seeing the pride in Dad’s face was a thrill I hadn’t expected. The trouble is, Dad can’t read my book. He’s literate, of course, well-educated and well-read. But macular degeneration has robbed him of enough eyesight…

Come say hello!

  I’ll mark the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam at Greetings and Readings Sunday, Sept. 17, with a book signing. Divided Loyalties—have you heard?—tells the story of a young Irish lass who wants to serve her adopted country as her brother Joe plans to do. It’s a struggle all the way as she strives to…