What’s New?


Recently, I added this nifty carte-de-visite to my modest collection of Lincoln memorabilia–a memorial photograph that’s a composite of photos taken during his presidency. Aside from what’s new in my collection, what’s new in my writing? While awaiting publication of …

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With apologies for not being here much lately, I do have some pleasing news: my seventh novel, The First Lady and the Rebel, about Mary Lincoln and her younger sister Emily Todd Helm, will be out in the fall of …

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New Website Material for Hanging Mary

I’ve been tinkering a bit with my website. For my forthcoming novel (for which I hope to be able to post cover art soon), I’ve added a list of further reading as well as a PDF article about my research on …

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Merry Christmas, and An Excerpt!


Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I’ve been busy revising my forthcoming novel, Hanging Mary, for the publisher. Here’s a seasonal excerpt for you, set at Mary Surratt’s boardinghouse 150 years ago on Christmas Eve, 1864: The men had …

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Excerpts from Hanging Mary!

Last night, after a great deal of cutting and pasting of HTML, I managed to create a spot on my website’s menu bar for Hanging Mary–along with excerpts! Check them out here. I’ll be adding a “Further Reading” link for …

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Finished! And a Timely Excerpt


I  just hit “send” on the completed manuscript of my Mary Surratt novel, Hanging Mary. There will be a few tweaks to come, no doubt, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. (The characters would not echo my sentiments.) …

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Watch This Space!


Yes, things have been mighty quiet here, but for a very good reason: I am almost finished with my new novel, Hanging Mary (the official title). It’s the story of Mary Surratt, the first woman hanged by the United States …

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Name Nora’s Cat! A Contest


Happy New Year! As promised, it’s time for this blog’s first (and perhaps only) cat-naming contest! Here’s the background: one of my heroines in my novel in progress, Nora, is known to have had a cat. We don’t know anything …

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An Update, and Some Public Service Announcements

It’s been a while since I mentioned any news about my books, so I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on (and, alas, what’s not going on) with me. First, the good news: my first nonfiction book, …

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The Next Big Things: Woodvilles and Stuarts

As you might have noticed, there is a blog meme going about called “The Next Big Thing,” where authors answer questions about their works in progress and tag other authors to do the same. I was tagged by the wonderful …

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