Thanks for coming by. I've loved history since I was a girl when my mom shared her love of swashbuckling novels and the stories her mother told of settling the West in the 1870s. Naturally, I love to write about it.
My most recent historical novel, The Jøssing Affair, launched April 2016 and is a 2013 Chaucer first place category winner and 2017 Best Book Finalist for Historical Fiction. In April, it won 2016 Goethe grand prize for historical fiction. The novel is set in Norway during WW II. It already is receiving high interest. Historical Novel Reviews said it was a "first-rate WW II thriller."
My other novels are also award winners.Timber Rose, is an IndieBRAG honoree, 2014 first place category winner Chaucer Award, a silver 2015 WILLA Literary Award, and now, the February 2016 book selection for the Pulpwood Queens Book Club. (So honored!)
Tree Soldier, set in 1930s Pacific NW, won the 2012 EPIC ebook Award and 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize. An 2013 Everybody Reads chosen by Pacific NW librarians, Tree Soldier is popular with book clubs around the country. Saddle Road and Coconut Island, Lei Crime Kindle World novellas, are my first mysteries, all set in the Hawaiian Islands. When not writing, I truly love gardening and demonstrating 19th foodways.
About me? I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, I worked my way west to the Hawaiian Islands. There I met my future husband and for a time we lived on the Big Island. We moved to the Pacific Northwest where we raised three sons.
When not writing, I love to garden, demonstrate 19th century folkways at parks, give talks, and present history workshops to school age students. I can churn some pretty mean butter.