About Writing, Bits of Research, Women in History

The Power of the Written Word

First published on PaperLanternWriters.com in March 2020 Everyone knows that the written word is powerful. A wide variety of examples exist that prove it. As an author of historical fiction, I have found primary sources to be the most powerful written word in research. One of my most precious possessions is a journal begun by… Continue reading The Power of the Written Word

Bits of Research, Women in History

100th Anniversary of Women Voting

Today more than ever we understand the importance of voting in the United States. A hundred years ago, however, women were voting for the first time across the country. Some states, including California, had already given women the vote. In 1920, though, women in every state across the nation would vote. My great great grandmother,… Continue reading 100th Anniversary of Women Voting

Bits of Research

Local History: The Peralta Adobe

Luis Maria Peralta Adobe, San Jose, CA San Jose is the oldest city settlement in California. It was founded in 1777 when 66 settlers were sent there from San Francisco by the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition. The Luis Maria Peralta adobe is the oldest building in San Jose. Nestled amongst high rises and trendy… Continue reading Local History: The Peralta Adobe

About Writing

Tell Your Story

This photo is of my grandfather's sisters, Ethelwyn and Gladys. I wasn't born yet when they visited in the 1950s from Scotland. This would have been nothing more than a picture of old women in my family album without my grandmother's story about them. Their brother, Aubrey, died of tuberculosis. Their parents only had enough… Continue reading Tell Your Story