Category: History

Books & Publishing Canada History World War One

Canada: Our Fascinating Neighbor to the North

I have always been a history lover, and I am obsessed with World War One to the point of addiction. In recent years, this focus has grown to include Canada and its history. Why, you may ask, would an American be interested in Canada? It began with the conception of my novel, Angel of Mercy. The […]

History United States

Bow to the Power of Mother Nature: Galveston Hurricane of 1900

On Sept. 8, 1900, a hurricane ripped through Galveston, then Texas’s largest city, and became one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The city was known for its importance to the shipping industry and for being a vacation spot for the wealthy.  It also was technologically forward, introducing telephones and electricity before many […]

Edwardian era History Victorian era

Public Displays of Mourning — the Victorians and Edwardians

We live in a day and age where sex tapes make people celebrities, and the thought of one’s mortality makes people uncomfortable. There was once a time when the opposite was true. People were aware of the shadow of death and mourning was a public activity. Their sex lives, on the other hand, were never spoken […]

Edwardian era History

Education in the 1910s

September is the traditional back-to-school season in North America. Education has changed quite a bit over the past century. It’s also stayed the same in many ways. Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences. The More Things Change …. In 1900, the U.S. high school graduation rate was six percent. During the […]

Books & Publishing the Writing Process World War One

The Writing Process: My Novel and Me

Conventional wisdom says there are multiple steps in the creative writing process. These steps can vary depending on the type of project and who is writing the steps. Most often the steps are some variation of Prewriting Writing Revising Editing Publishing My own fiction writing process looks like this: The Idea Stage: This is where […]

Books & Publishing the Writing Process World War One

“Mama, we all go to hell”

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Who would have guessed a hard rock song could inspire an entire historical fiction novel? But that’s exactly what happened with my novel, Angel of Mercy.  It was inspired entirely by the song “Mama” from My Chemical Romance‘s album Welcome to the Black Parade. The song begins and […]

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