England was my childhood home. I emigrated to the U.S. with my family at the age of thirteen. Although I have long since become a naturalized American citizen, I retain a great love and respect for my homeland.
My writing career began when I worked as an education coordinator for a non-profit seaport association in Norwalk, Connecticut. The association offered field trips at its facility for pre-school and elementary school children and introduced the nautical topic of the day with a story told in an entertaining and creative manner. My associate and I often found it difficult to find stories suitable for our needs and so I began to write them myself. My original stories were well received and highly praised by students, teacher, and parents attending our program. I became more and more comfortable, confident and excited about writing.
My love of history and the mysterious find of a vintage American flag stuffed in the attic rafters of our revolutionary war era farmhouse inspired me to write a story of historical fiction for older children. I wanted to explain the reason that the flag was hidden in the attic and began researching the records, documents and written accounts of Fairfield, Connecticut during the Revolutionary War. I wove my fictitious story into the town’s history keeping the historical characters, dates and events as accurate as possible. The Forgotten Flag was my first published work. It is currently used in several school districts in Connecticut as part of their Revolutionary War curriculum and I am invited each year to visit several classrooms to discuss the book.
Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I appreciate it as a tool that can be utilized to enhance actual personalities and events of the past. It can create a deeper understanding of the passions of the time period and a better explanation for decisions and behaviors of individuals living at the time. I have completed several works, The Brass Bell (middle readers), The Curse of the Shark’s Tooth (young adult), St. Katharine’s Dock (adult), Oscar of the Bismarck (young adult), and my most recent, Vera's Story: Hidden Scars of War (adult) which are all available on Amazon.
During my years working at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, I created several presentations to enhance the curriculum of the English and Social Studies departments.
These topics included:
I currently reside in Stratford, Connecticut with my husband, Joseph. In my retirement, I enjoy several hobbies including painting, gardening and card making. I continue to pass down my love of England to my children and grandchildren.