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How to Shape Characters in Historical Fiction - Sat, 14 May 2016
Shaping Historical vs. Fictional Characters If you’re writing a historical fiction novel that features characters you made up out of whole cloth, congratulations! Your job is, paradoxically, a thousand times easier than writing about someone who actually existed. The reason for this is simple. Shaping a character arc for a fictional character in a historical fiction [...]

A Giveaway for Dad in time for Father’s Day! - Fri, 13 May 2016
Click the banner photo above for details on how to win a copy of America’s First Daughter for your dad. We’ll ship it right to him in time for Father’s Day!

A Little Presidential Humor - Thu, 28 Apr 2016
Some of these jokes are as flat and humorless as the presidents who uttered them, but some of them made me snort and howl. What do you think? Here’s an excerpt to get you started. George W. Bush, at the 2006 White House correspondents’ dinner “Cheney’s a good man. He’s got a good heart. [Pause] Well, he’s a good man.” Bill [...]

Free Read–The Gingerbread Princess - Wed, 27 Apr 2016
Once upon a time, I wrote a heartbreaking little tale that got lost in the shuffle of my writing career. Even as I juggled bigger projects, I never stopped thinking about this story—which explores many of my own trademark themes about sacrifice, and the tensions between duty, womanhood and family loyalty. Sadly, the time never [...]

How to Start a Local Chapter of the Historical Novel Society - Sun, 10 Apr 2016
As currently structured, the Historical Novel Society is open to readers, bloggers, and authors. It alternates conference years in the United States and England. This often means two years between seeing friends and colleagues, pitching to editors, and otherwise keeping track of the state of the Historical Fiction genre in the publishing world. To [...]

Celebrate AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER on Jefferson’s Birthday - Sat, 09 Apr 2016
This is going to be a great time with interesting discussion and more giveaways for readers than you can shake a stick at! Don’t forget to RSVP! Really looking forward to chatting with readers and my fellow historical authors.  

Join me tomorrow at A Likely Story Bookstore! - Thu, 31 Mar 2016

Fun #AmericasFirstDaughter Podcast! - Tue, 15 Mar 2016
We talk historical accuracy, the choices of historians vs. historical fiction authors, all those letters Jefferson wrote, and the graveyard…