My true love is history, and I write historical fiction set in various eras as well as history-based nonfiction and biography. My historical novels include The Loving Husband Trilogy: The Complete Box Set, Victory Garden: A Novel, and Woman of Stones. My newest release is the Downton Abbey inspired When It Rained at Hembry Castle, named a best historical novel of 2016 by IndieReader.com. My present-day fiction is the love story That You Are Here: A Novel. I’m currently writing the prequel to Her Dear & Loving Husband, Down Salem Way, as well as a nonfiction account of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria.
Since 2000, I’ve been the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. The Copperfield Review was named one of the top sites for new writers by Writer’s Digest and it is the winner of the Books and Authors Award for Literary Excellence. I’ve also had the opportunity to interview notable historical novelists such as John Jakes, Jean M. Auel, Jeff Shaara, and Barbara Taylor Bradford.
My short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as Moondance, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Paumanok Review, Wild Mind, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writers Weekly, The Huffington Post, HonorSociety.org, and LinkedIn. I’ve taught writing to students aged five to 75, and I’ve taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, the Henderson Writers Group, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. I received my BA and MA degrees in English from CSU Northridge, and I’m currently a PhD candidate at UNLV.
I love to travel for research whenever I can. I’ve visited Salem and Boston, Massachusetts (for The Loving Husband Trilogy), Portland, Oregon (for That You Are Here), Washington, D.C. (for Victory Garden), and my favorite city in the world, London, England (for When It Rained at Hembry Castle). I lived in Boise, Idaho for a year, which will serve as inspiration for the Oregon Trail novel I’ll be starting soon.
In my down time I read everything from historical fiction to literary fiction to the classics to nonfiction. I love coloring and I’ve discovered the joy of art journaling. I’m always searching for new vegetarian recipes since I love to cook. I may have an ongoing thing with Netflix. I’m a big fan of Broadway musicals and Downton Abbey, and I also love Doctor Who and Coronation Street. I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, a Dickensian, and a frequenter of coffee shops. Then I practice yoga to counteract all that coffee. Pinterest is my particular love because it’s the one place where I can indulge in all my interests at the same time. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, the city that never sleeps, and there’s never a shortage of new restaurants to try or shows to see.
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