(by guest author Jolie Tunnell) The Great Loveda Brown is the result of panning for gold. I’m as driven to look for the gold nuggets of history as any 49er who rushed California, and sometimes just as ornery. My maternal grandmother was the first person to hint that there was more to my family tree… Continue reading Panning for Gold: How Women in History Inspired a Mystery Series
(This post first appeared on PaperLanternWriters.com) Last St. Patrick’s Day, my city went on lockdown due to the pandemic. A book talk I had scheduled for that month was cancelled, as was a retreat planned by my publisher. Cancellations also affected one son’s schooling, the other son’s job, my nephew’s wedding, and my niece’s wedding.… Continue reading A Year of Writing in Lockdown
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