Disaster and Imagination: San Francisco 1906

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Wednesday morning, I was thrown out of bed and in a twinkling of an eye the side of our house was dashed to the ground. (eyewitness account, E.H. Adams) On the Wednesday in… Continue reading

The Federal Reburial Program

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The final book in my Cotillion Ball series, The Forgotten Debutante, is set for release on April 4. The timeline for the entire series is set in America from 1855 through1866. Each of… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: Jerusalem, City of Conflict and Conviction

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To say that Jerusalem is a city historically plagued by conflict is to risk being branded a writer of cliches, but here is the thing about cliches. Beneath the banality and hackneyed phrasings… Continue reading

Easter, Astronomy, and Slippery Dates

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“Easter is early this year.” Have you heard that recently? In 2016 Easter occurs on March 27.) In our culture most holidays have either a set calendar date, such as December 25, or… Continue reading

The Trail Of Tears

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I’ve been working on a story featuring a woman left alone with her children while her husband fights the Civil War and an Ojibwa indian who befriends her.  I’m setting the book in… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: On the Marches at Shrewsbury

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Despite several trips to the UK, I have not yet traveled to Shropshire. My interest in the area is based solely upon one of my favorite historical fiction series, the Brother Cadfael novels… Continue reading

Button Fakes, or the Art of Counterfeiting Coins

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As long as there has been currency, there has been counterfeiting. When I set out to create a villainous underground for my work-in-progress forgery attracted my attention. The temptation to manufacture money is… Continue reading

The Harvey Girls

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If you’re a fan of American historical romances, you’ve read your share of stories about women headed west on wagon trains. However, most women on the wagon trains were married, at least when… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: Mysterious Devon

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  Today on History Imagined we have a special guest. I was delighted when the very talented author, Helen Hollick commented on my recent post about Cornwall and she set my imagination stirring.… Continue reading

Forgery and the Corruption of History

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I confess to being a document fanatic. My husband and I have pored over original documents in state, local, and national archives. Other people collect objects. We collect paper—copies of our finds of… Continue reading