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January 31, 2020

Imagine being arrested for wearing the wrong bathing suit. In 1918, the year my forthcoming novel takes place, that was a distinct possibility. Not only did women not yet have the right to vote – that finally happened in 1920 – they were also subjected to ticketing and...

December 27, 2019

Reaching a new year doesn’t always seem like a big deal. But as we head into 2020, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. I’m more than ready for 2019 to be in my rear view mirror. And I’m optimistic the new year will be more to my liking.

For one thing, I expect my recovery f...

December 3, 2019

Like a lot of people, I have concerns about a variety of issues. But because I’m a novelist, I get to weave the issues I’m worried about into the books I write. My distress about climate change, for instance, led me to write The Shade Ring Trilogy. In The Shade Ring, A...

October 27, 2019

When I was a kid, my family lived in Japan and later, on the Japanese island of Okinawa where my Army dad was stationed.

While living in Japan, when my brother, sister and I were little, we were exposed to Japanese language, songs and a few customs from the loving Japan...

September 25, 2019

This month I'm re-running one of my most popular blog posts.

What if your grandfather never met your grandmother?  That’s easy – you wouldn’t exist.  What if your grandfather died in an accident and your grandmother moved back to where she came from?  Then the whole fam...

August 25, 2019

Multi-genre authors. What’s that, you say? Well, some authors write only one kind of novel, (mysteries, maybe,) but others write books that fall into different genres. My friend and fellow indie author Michael Gardner is a great example of a multi-genre author. And he’...

July 25, 2019

My next time travel novel is set in Atlanta in 1918. America has entered WW1 and women are stepping into previously all-male jobs. It was a time of growing freedom for women who would finally get the right to vote the following year. Here’s a (fictional) account of wha...

June 25, 2019

Would you pay to watch Connie the Contortionist? If you were an average American in 1918, chances are the answer to that question would be ‘yes!’ Because Vaudeville was at the peak of its popularity, filling seats in theaters where audiences paid good money to watch tr...

May 25, 2019

In early 1900s Atlanta, street traffic included trolleys, automobiles, horse-drawn wagons and lots and lots of pedestrians who crossed the street wherever and whenever they pleased. While we may have faster traffic now, (unless there’s gridlock,) the streets of Atlanta...

April 23, 2019

I played tennis when I was younger. So I find it fascinating as I do research for my next time travel novel what women wore in the past on the court. Can you imagine rushing the net in a full-length dress? Doing a power serve with tights on and a skirt hugging your ank...

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