Women in History

Glory of the Morning

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


The Engineer’s Wife by Tracy Enerson Wood

In 1869, Washington A. Roebling is commissioned as the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of America’s most iconic structures. His wife, Emily Roebling, is a keen advocate for women’s suffrage, at a time when American society expects her to stay home and support her husband silently. But when Washington falls ill on the… Continue reading The Engineer’s Wife by Tracy Enerson Wood


Irena’s War by James D. Shipman

Another World War II novel about the Warsaw ghetto. That's what I thought when I received a copy of this book for review. And while it's true that much of the background is familiar, every person who lived through this historical horror has their own story. Irena Sendler was a Polish resistance fighter who helped… Continue reading Irena’s War by James D. Shipman

About Reading & Writing

Write What You Don’t Know

(first published August, 2020 by Women's Writers, Women's Books) Many writing teachers tell new authors to write what they know. That has value if you are describing a setting, for example. It helps to know how the place looks, feels, smells, and sounds. But what if you write fantasy? No one knows what it’s like… Continue reading Write What You Don’t Know