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They Also Serve

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A novel is generally considered “historical” when it is set fifty years or more in the past. By that standard any story set before 1966, when the first of the baby boomers left… Continue reading

The Worst of Times—The Bristol Riots

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Unrest in the streets, peaceful demonstrations for change overshadowed by rioting and violence, demands increase in law and order—Baton Rouge? Ferguson? No, Bristol 1831 at the height of the Reform Crisis. Longing for… Continue reading

Ancient Scourge/Modern Crises

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Before the Zika crisis and before Ebola, West Nile Virus, or even Yellow Fever, mosquitoes brought Malaria. We just didn’t know it. Malaria is an old scourge. Chinese writings as old as 2700… Continue reading

Diversity in Upper Canada

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My grandmother is Ojibwa, my father was French, and my husband was a Scot. You can despise whichever one of those your English heart chooses, or all of them, but I am not… Continue reading

Sails to Steam

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You’ve seen it all, you’ve seen it all. Watch the men who rode you, Switch from sails to steam. And in your belly you hold the treasure that few have ever seen, most… Continue reading

The King’s Daughters

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Every once in a while someone with a passion for history and a love of good story telling comes across a historical figure, movement, or event that makes them sit up and think,… Continue reading

Cadillac, Pontiac, Ford, and My Hometown

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The story of Detroit, the city where I was born, is, at heart, the story of trade routes, roads, automobiles, and eventually the Saint Lawrence seaway and shipping. It has always been about… Continue reading

Pistols for the Uninformed

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One of the challenges a writer of historical fiction faces is, of course, describing appropriate items in usage during the time in which the story is set, particularly the kind with which he… Continue reading

Brûlé and the Great Lakes

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In 1610, a full ten years before the pilgrims put their tentative boots on Plymouth Rock, Samuel de Champlain sent a young man, who had arrived with in Quebec just two years before,… Continue reading

History: It’s Complicated

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History surprises us sometimes. It is hard to grow up in the U.S. without learning about Pennsylvania. After all, it was one of the thirteen original colonies. Most people know William Penn founded… Continue reading