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 I have been in love ever since. In fact, it was her writings that 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. Since then I have continued to do research on women and their lives throughout history, especially 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 currently working on writing my first novel, Mrs. Foxley’s Secret and a couple side projects.
Based in beautiful coastal New Jersey, I enjoy researching local history, reading historical books, taking walks in nature, watching British television (such as period dramas and cozy mysteries), embroidery, and a good cup of hot tea. I am married to the love of my life who I refer to as "my own Mr. Knightley."
"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad."
- Jane Austen