Books, Family History, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

Image courtesy of Joel Dinda, via flickr.com. License information linked here. When writing fiction, choosing a solid character name is important. (See my last post for details on THAT struggle.) Developing a solid background for that character is just as essential—if you don’t know who your characters are, how can you write about them? As… Continue reading Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Playing cards made history — Pacific Paratrooper

Playing cards to pass the time War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom.  There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards.  They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear. […]Playing… Continue reading Playing cards made history — Pacific Paratrooper

History Class, Music, Publishing, Storytelling, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”

I first shared this post in 2018, but as "Jeannie's" story is nearly ready for launch (and is currently up for pre-order!) it seemed like a good time to share it again. Launch Date: Nov 1, 2021! Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”

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America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yard on Our American Stories

"The U.S. Navy destroyers USS Lamson (DD-367), left, and USS Haraden (DD-585) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington (USA), in early 1945. They were to receive repairs for damage inflicted by Kamikaze attacks in December 1944. Lamson is wearing Camouflage Measure 31 Design 23D. Haraden's camouflage is Measure 31 Design 3D." Photo taken in early 1945. Image courtesy of the… Continue reading America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yard on Our American Stories

Books, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

My New Book Is Available For Pre-Order

It's time! I'm thrilled to announce that the e-book version my second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is up for pre-order on Amazon. If you'd like to order your copy, here's the link! The official launch date, when the book will be delivered to your Kindle and the paperback will be available for purchase, is… Continue reading My New Book Is Available For Pre-Order

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The Doolittle Raid and The Battle of the Coral Sea on Our American Stories

Hello again Readers, Writers, and History Lovers! Today, I'm pleased to be a guest on Our American Stories. Last time, I was invited to talk about The Battle of Midway. Today, I'm talking about an earlier period in the U.S. involvement in WWII: The Doolittle Raid and the Battle of the Coral Sea. Here is… Continue reading The Doolittle Raid and The Battle of the Coral Sea on Our American Stories

World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

I’m Guest Posting Today

Photo by Emanuela Picone on Unsplash Hello Readers, Writers, and History lovers! I'm travelling today—or at least my writing is! I was invited to guest blog over at JPC Allen Writes, an excellent site full of writing tips and prompts. As JPC's theme for September is "Plot," I'm sharing ways in which real history influences the plot of… Continue reading I’m Guest Posting Today

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Monte Cassino: Concluded

The Benedictine monastery on Monte Cassino, rebuilt after its war time destruction. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Information about the license is linked here. Yesterday I wrote about one of the defining battles of the Italian campaign: the Allied struggle to break through the German's Gustav Line at Monte Cassino. The scope of the topic convinced… Continue reading Monte Cassino: Concluded

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Monte Cassino: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part IV

The Benedictine monastery on Monte Cassino, rebuilt after its war time destruction. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Information about the license is linked here. As 1943 drew to a close, the Italian campaign showed signs of stagnating. Watching the progress from afar, Allied leaders frowned at the slow progress of their armies who slogged north… Continue reading Monte Cassino: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part IV

Beta Reading, Books, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Summer Reading!

This looks a lot like my TBR pile.... I avoid picking up novels for nine months out of the year. It's not from any reluctance to read them, but it's a practical measure I've learned I have to take. You see (deep breath) I'm a story addict. Once I pick up a book and get… Continue reading Summer Reading!

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing

Cover Reveal!!!

Hello Readers and Writers! I'm so pleased to announce that my second novel is almost ready for release! Barring any disasters or unforeseen circumstances, I'm planning on a launch date of November 1, 2021. Where Shall I Flee? takes place in the Italian theater of World War II. I'll be sharing more updates on the… Continue reading Cover Reveal!!!

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Crossing the Atlantic With the Movie GREYHOUND

"The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) underway, circa at the time of her commissioning in April 1943" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. With busy schedules and finding babysitters, getting out to the movies in a normal year is tricky enough. The last year added its own complications, so I'm really quite pleased that I was able… Continue reading Crossing the Atlantic With the Movie GREYHOUND

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Revealing Traits of The Brothers Karamazov Through Secondary Characters

Being a parent, a teacher, and a writer, I've received my fair share of unsolicited advice. I've tucked some of the helpful bits into my memory. Others I've let slip away. As I began to prepare for this post, one came piece of advice came to mind from waaaaaay back in my dating days. I… Continue reading Revealing Traits of The Brothers Karamazov Through Secondary Characters

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The Brothers Karamazov: And You Thought YOUR Family Had Drama

Hello Readers and Writers. Remember me? I'm not sure where the last weeks went. August rolled in with a wave of busyness—school preparations in the midst of new regulations, kids' swim lessons, a broken dishwasher and microwave, reading through my new book's final copy, and all of the other things-and-stuff in the world. But, with… Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov: And You Thought YOUR Family Had Drama

Civil War, History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Road Trip!!! Part 2: From Wisconsin back to Washington

Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red and black arrows. Avoiding the craziness of flying with a family of five, the Clare family embraced the alternative craziness of driving across more than half of the U.S. It was a long haul—about 2300 miles each way— offering… Continue reading Road Trip!!! Part 2: From Wisconsin back to Washington

History Class, Podcasts, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

I’m Talking About Writing Historical Fiction on the Merry Writer Podcast

Photo by Israel Palacio courtesy of Unsplash.com Good morning Readers and Writers! If you didn't get enough of hearing my melodious(?) voice on Our American Stories last week, today author Ari Meghlen is hosting me on the podcast that she and Rachel Poli host: The Merry Writer. After years of chatting with Ari online, it… Continue reading I’m Talking About Writing Historical Fiction on the Merry Writer Podcast

History Class, Podcasts, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway on “Our American Stories”

“”Sinking Sun”: painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the… Continue reading The Battle of Midway on “Our American Stories”

History Class, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Road Trip!!! From Washington to Wisconsin

Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red arrow. Five people. One minivan. 2,300(ish) miles. It had been three years since my children had seen their Wisconsin relatives. Two since they'd had a visit from the Minnesota side of the family. They had cousins they'd never met,… Continue reading Road Trip!!! From Washington to Wisconsin

Marketing and Branding, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

Hello Readers and Writers! Marketing is one of those pesky things that keeps intruding into writers' lives. How to do it? And where? And do you really have to? I recently had the opportunity to talk with author, blogger, and host of "The Merry Writer" podcast, Ari Meghlen (more on that conversation later!) and it… Continue reading 10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

A Sticky Situation

Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum under their Non-Commercial license. © IWM NA 24123 Sometimes history reads like fiction. This photo first came to my attention in Richard Doherty's "Eighth Army in Italy: 1943-45"1 and I finally found it in the Imperial War Museum's archives. Original wartime caption: This Sherman tank, during a night… Continue reading A Sticky Situation

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Through the Rivers and Over the Mountains: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part III

“Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachhead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons While temperatures in my region of the U.S. are spiking to unusual highs, it's time to… Continue reading Through the Rivers and Over the Mountains: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part III

Film, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

“The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

After a hectic end of the school year and a couple of weeks absorbed in final book edits (hopefully final, anyway, though I keep having dreams that I've forgotten something) the new blog post I had in mind is taking a back seat to some much needed family time. Instead, I thought I'd revisit this… Continue reading “The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing

The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Hello again, Readers and Writers! My 2020-2021 school year, also known as "Teaching in Covid-World: Take Two" is all wrapped up. Summer break has started, and in good Pacific Northwest fashion it's been drizzling fitfully and will probably continue to do so until July 5th. Ah well. Who needs sunshine?… Continue reading The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Books, Family History, History Class, Memorials, Uncategorized, World War 2

Memorial Day and Adam Makos’s VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

Photo courtesy of Andrew Pons on unsplash.com First published May 28, 2018. This seemed like a fitting post to share this weekend. Wishing you all the best, -Anne Monday is Memorial Day, the day the U.S. sets aside to remember those who've given their lives in service to their country. Growing up, I spent a… Continue reading Memorial Day and Adam Makos’s VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

Life, Memorials, Motherhood, Uncategorized

To Those Who Wait

I'm losing another friend. Not 'forever' lost—not to anger or angst or illness. And really, this goodbye isn't about me, though I am sad about it. No, it's that time in friendship when the orders come in, and the people I've just started to really come to know are sent off, to serve their country… Continue reading To Those Who Wait

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2

A Read Along and a Sale

Hello Readers and Writers- For those of you who, like me, live life dictated by the school year's calendar, a summer break is in sight! I love teaching, but friends, I am looking forward to it. Besides being a break from endless rounds of correcting papers and the morning scramble of getting my three children… Continue reading A Read Along and a Sale

History Class, Life, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized

Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

One view of Merriman Falls, located on the south shore of Lake Quinault Spring has reached the Pacific Northwest. The year-round shadows of Washington's evergreens are interspersed with fresh spouting leaves of maples and clusters of blooming rhododendron. The cold drizzle has started to turn to...well, warmer drizzle. It's time to venture outdoors! After searching… Continue reading Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

I first published this on The Naptime Author in August of 2018. My kids are older, and the messes...well, they don't include diapers anymore at least. My current manuscript includes some children and this "dusted-off" post made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too, Readers! -Anne *** Ah, details. There's nothing like a detail that's… Continue reading Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

"USS Lexington (CV-2) supplying power to the city of Tacoma, Washington between December 1929 and January 1930" Image Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command While this site generally focuses on the period of the Second World War, in my current research books I encountered one of the ships that I'd written about before—the… Continue reading The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

A Strange Easter

Photo by Alena Koval on Pexels.com This post was first shared for Easter 2020. While things have eased up somewhat here after a year of "Covid world," I felt like it was still fitting. All the best and Easter Blessings -Anne *** For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for… Continue reading A Strange Easter

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Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

“Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Hello Readers! Happy first day of Spring! Time has flown. Between finishing the third quarter of… Continue reading Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

  Hello again Readers, Writers and Lovers of History! I've reached an exciting personal milestone—my second novel, "Where Shall I Flee?" is off to the editor, and I've started lining things up with my cover designer! I'm looking forward to getting the text back into my hands to work through editorial notes, but sending it off… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration

Author and blogger JPC Allen shares writing prompts and tips on her blog JPC Allen Writes. Today she's visiting to share some wintery inspiration. Happy reading and writing! -Anne Image courtesy of TORSPOMEDIA via Unsplash.com The weather is a villain any writer can use. It’s better than a human one because it doesn’t require a… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

Today I'm pleased to revisit this post from author and blogger Mike Biles. In 2019, he graciously provided two posts on the fascinating history of Bletchley Park, the headquarters of WWII code breakers. Since many of you have joined me since then, he's allowed me to give them another run. I hope you enjoy reading about… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

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I’m Guest Posting Today

Author JPC Allen asked me over to her blog for an interview today. Her theme this month has been "romance, love, and friendship"— stop by for my authorly thoughts. 🙂 -Anne Author Interview with Anne Clare — JPC Allen Writes JPC Allen invites you to join the adventure of writing with tips, prompts, and inspiration… Continue reading I’m Guest Posting Today

History Class, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

Hello Readers and Writers! Today, I'm revisiting and refreshing a post from 3 years ago. In a period where news stories diverge widely depending on where they come from and even Facebook (that authoritative pinnacle of reliable information) is busy "fact-checking,"  exploring the reliability of sources isn't just for writers—though it's still awfully important for us! I… Continue reading Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

"Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Yesterday marked the 77th anniversary of Operation Shingle, the Allied landings on the beaches of… Continue reading It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

The WWII story of the island of Guam is fascinating, but not well known. It's a good thing we have people like GP Cox who share stories like these! I hope you'll head over to his blog "Pacific Paratrooper" to check out the full post—it's well worth the read. Guam In a lot of Pacific… Continue reading Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

Books, Family History, History Class, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Preserving a Piece of History

"Troops of the US Army 2nd Infantry Division march up the bluff at the E-1 draw in the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D+1, June 7, 1944. They are going past the German bunker, Widerstandsnest 65 (WN 65), that defended the route up the Ruquet Valley to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer." US Army Signal Corps, Public domain, via… Continue reading Preserving a Piece of History

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

"Bing Crosby, stage, screen and radio star, sings to Allied troops at the opening of the London stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944. 111-SC-193249.Source: NARA World War II Photos - ARC Identifier: 531210 Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Every year, the day after Thanksgiving brings changes in the Clare household. First the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Life, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

“NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Now that December's halfway over, I suppose I can take a minute to stop chasing down students for missing homework (all this teacher wants for Christmas is a nice, tidy gradebook!) and give an update on my November Nanowrimo goals. Update may not be the best word—it's more of a confession. For those who are… Continue reading “NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Well, Readers, I am not certain how we can be this far into December already! As much as I wouldn't mind moving past 2020, there's too much to do before the end. I still need to finish some writing projects—my NaNoWriMo recap, a piece on a bit of WWII history linked to a beloved Christmas… Continue reading Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Happy December! 2020 has been full many interesting surprises, but today I'm excited to share a pleasant one! I hadn't expected to have a publication announcement this year. My second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is with beta readers who have already given me lots of things to think about. I hope to hit the… Continue reading A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2

Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?

Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash November is speeding away, and the Clares are busy preparing for Christmas. Over the last years, friends and family who know my interest in the Second World War have gifted me with some interesting items and fantastic reads. I thought I'd share a few of them with you today, in case you… Continue reading Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?

History Class, Memorials, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Stars of Blue and Gold

A family heirloom: This banner was used by author Joy Neal Kidney's family during WWI, then repurposed by her grandmother who added two stars and used it during WWII. You can read about it in her excellent book Leora's Letters. Many thanks to Joy for allowing me to use this image! One hundred and two… Continue reading Stars of Blue and Gold

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Better Beta Readings

Photo courtesy of Alejandro Escamilla, unsplash.com. No, that's not my desk. I WISH my workspace was that neat. And that it had coffee… Sorry! Focusing on the blog… Today's the day—the day I let my second novel out of my grasp and pass it along to beta readers. I'll admit, while I'm excited to be… Continue reading Better Beta Readings

Short Fiction, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

November's lurking just around the corner, cracking its knuckles and waiting to pounce. A little melodramatic? Maybe. But I can't help viewing the turning of the calendar page with some trepidation. Between school and home, September and October have gone by in a whirlwind— momming and teaching and correcting and cooking and driving and writing… Continue reading A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII

In 1941, the United States entered the Second World War and the "war effort" became the job of the entire nation. From altered shopping choices on the homefront, to the call for volunteer plane spotters near the cost, to the military-themed songs on the radio, American life changed in countless ways. The role of American… Continue reading Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII