It all began in 1995 when a most beloved grandmother showed me the six-part series Pride and Prejudice, inspired by Jane Austen’s famous novel of the same name. In watching this wonderful series, I developed a deep-seated love of historical women and their lives. When I was old enough, I started reading through all of Austen’s novels and they inspired me to try my own hand at writing.
During my college years, I had the opportunity to volunteer at an 1830s living history museum. It was there that I developed a passion for women’s history in early America. By dressing in the clothing of the time period and conducting in-depth research, I was immersed in the world of the early nineteenth century.
Eventually I went for my Masters and completed a thesis focused principally on the writings of an American president’s favorite granddaughter, especially an 1830s diary she kept in England. Since then I have continued to do research on women and their lives in the Early Republic era in America.
My first short story “Marie-Thérèse Remembers,” was published in Alternate Endings: A Short Story Anthology of Historical What Ifs in November 2022. I am also currently working on writing my first novel, Mrs. Foxley’s Secret and on a couple side projects.
As an author, my motto is from Psalm 113: "Non nobis, Domine, non nobis sed tuo da gloriam" or "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name give the glory."
Based in coastal New Jersey, I enjoy researching local history, reading inspirational books, taking walks in nature, watching British television (such as period dramas and cozy mysteries), and a good cup of hot tea.
"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad."
- Jane Austen