Born in Greenwich Village, in lower Manhattan, and later raised in northern New Jersey, I grew up listening to my mother’s stories of her Irish ancestors and my father’s fascination with local Jersey history. As a child, Lad, a Dog, and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective lured me into reading. Strong women would come later.
An attraction to history and a bit of wanderlust led me in my twenties to study in Lausanne, Switzerland. Then I returned stateside to earn a B.A. in History from Grove City College. A Masters in Reading soon followed from Bowie State University. I finally settled in Virginia and put down roots.
My zeal for history, geography, and storytelling is interwoven in my writing, and especially in my blog: https://www.strongwomeninhistory.com. Readers in sixty-four countries follow my blog stories of strong women. KinderBooks, my fifteen-year weekly newspaper column, earned two coveted awards from the Virginia Press Association. And both my novels, Cut From Strong Cloth and Last Curtain Call have earned 5-star ratings from Amazon. Published by Freedom Forge Press, the books are available in print and Kindle.
I am an often-requested speaker for book groups, history workshops, and literacy conferences. Each June you can find me teaching at the annual Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference in Winchester, Virginia. Other summers, I have shared my stories on both sides of the Atlantic.
You may not know that I was the 6th-grade class Hula Hoop Champion back in Jersey. I finally gave up spinning hoops in exchange for spinning stories.
Today, my husband and I live in Loudoun County, Virginia, where the Blue Ridge Mountains are the first to greet the dawn. We do not own any Hula Hoops.