My first love is historical fiction, but my first three novels were historical fantasy. I love fantasy and read all types. Today, though, many schools are moving toward curriculums that emphasize reading nonfiction. While I agree that puzzling meaning out of text is a critical skill for students, I bemoan the loss of time reading… Continue reading Why Should We Read Fantasy?
I admire strong women, don't you? I'm not talking about kickass movie women like Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER or Sarah Conner in TERMINATOR 2 or Ellen Ripley in ALIENS. I'm talking about real young women of today who set goals, plan their lives, and make intelligent decisions for themselves. Women like Amanda, Tricia and… Continue reading Strong Women by C.C. Harrison
(first published on PaperLanternWriters.com) I confess to a love of novels about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. I’ve read several, and A Splendid Ruin doesn’t disappoint. May Kimble is penniless after her mother’s death in 1904. She is left with memories of her mother’s insistence that she would not always be poor, that the… Continue reading A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance
My current work in progress takes place in the area around Minneapolis, which was Wisconsin Territory at the time. In my research, I came across people I had to include in my story because of their subsequent fame or their contributions to the period. I also discovered fascinating people I couldn’t include. Ho-poe-kaw, or Glory… Continue reading Glory of the Morning
Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Marie Benedict's historical fiction. I enjoyed both Carnegie's Maid and Lady Clementine, and I have The Only Woman in the Room and The Other Einstein on my TBR list. Benedict has a way of making historical women come alive, whether you knew who they… Continue reading The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict