Life, Motherhood, Teaching, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash WHEW. Well, I've been absent for a bit! As I mentioned back in March, my husband and I accepted new teaching jobs for the upcoming school year. The positions are in the state of Wisconsin, so the last several months have been spent preparing for a move. This involved cleaning out our home… Continue reading Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway: Part I

""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: Part I

Civil War, History Class, Podcasts, Writer's Life

How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

Not every international conflict leads to destruction and violence. Our American Stories is featuring me in a 10-minute talk on a time when the U.S. and Britain almost went to war over a pig, but diplomacy triumphed. If you're interested in giving it a listen, here's the link! If you're interested in the story but… Continue reading How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

The USS Lexington

One of the very first U.S. aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington (CV-2) played a fascinating role in history. Today, I'm visiting the Our American Stories podcast to share a bit about it. Here's the link if you'd like to stop by and check it out! If you head over, let me know what you think… Continue reading The USS Lexington

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Publishing a Series through Kickstarter- a Guest Post by Jonathon Mast

My three children are voracious readers. While I love seeing their excitement as they immerse themselves in imaginary adventures and mysteries, the speed with which they read makes it hard to keep them in fresh books! That’s one reason why I was fascinated when my friend, author Jonathon Mast, told me about his plan to… Continue reading Publishing a Series through Kickstarter- a Guest Post by Jonathon Mast

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

77th Anniversary of V-E Day

This weekend marks the 77th anniversary of "V-E Day," the official declaration of Victory in Europe as the Second World War neared its end.  While I've read descriptions of the euphoric celebrations, I think that some of the images from the day capture the story best.  "The first flyers announcing the German surrender outside the… Continue reading 77th Anniversary of V-E Day

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HEY, MAC! THIS IS SERIOUS BUISNESS! A GUY COULD GET KILLED!

Photo courtesy of Anastasia Zhenina via. Unsplash.com If the unassuming cover of William F. McMurdie's memoir didn't catch my eye as I browsed the stacks of the local discount bookstore, his title certainly did. Here's the Amazon link! Hey, Mac (etc.) tells the tale of the author, back when he was eighteen year old "Bill" McMurdie.… Continue reading HEY, MAC! THIS IS SERIOUS BUISNESS! A GUY COULD GET KILLED!

Family History, History Class, Life, Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration

Tangible History

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash I had high hopes of sharing a new post with you this week. It's in process still, as moving preparations continue to swallow all of my life that school and family haven't already consumed. However, as I sorted through the mess that is my room, I came upon a little box that… Continue reading Tangible History

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

Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum

As my family and I prepare to move across the country this summer, we've started making our "must visit" list. What places do we need to explore again while we have the chance? This museum is a definite maybe—it was always a favorite and might be even better now that the kids have had four… Continue reading Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum

Life, Teaching, Writer's Life

Coping with COVID in the Classroom —

This post's timing is perfect as I'm heading off to my Spring Teacher's Conference today! Author, blogger, and tech teacher Jacqui Murray was kind enough to ask me to stop by her site and talk a bit about my experiences teaching in "Covid World" over the last few years. Below is the link if you'd… Continue reading Coping with COVID in the Classroom —

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

Anne Who? Three Reasons For Using a Pen Name

I first wrote and published this post in 2019. Three years and two published novels later, I'm still happy with my choice to use a pseudonym, though I DO think it's more fun to call it a "secret identity." -Anne It's confession time. I've been leading a double life. It's true. I go about my… Continue reading Anne Who? Three Reasons For Using a Pen Name

Civil War, History Class, Memorials, Travel

The Pig War — A Bit About Britain

Hello Readers!Today, I'm guest posting over on A Bit About Britain, the site of author Mike Biles. Mike's site is a tremendous source for fascinating stories from history and information on locations that I'd love to visit someday. Below is the link if you'd like to pop over and read about a time when British… Continue reading The Pig War — A Bit About Britain

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

Musical Interlude: “Sing, Sing, Sing”

Benny Goodman and his clarinet. Public Domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I'm in need of some good music this weekend. Those of you who visit regularly might recall that I received the offer of a new teaching position for next school year, one which would require my family to move to Wisconsin. After a… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Sing, Sing, Sing”

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

When Does the Research End?

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash I recently got into a social media conversation with a historical fiction writer who is just starting out. He mentioned that he enjoyed research—enjoyed it so much, in fact, that he was having a hard time knowing when to stop. He asked me how I know when my research is done. My… Continue reading When Does the Research End?

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

World War II on the Small Screen

Combat! My husband has a knack for finding interesting viewing. When the first season of Combat! showed up amongst my gifts last year, I didn't know quite what to expect having neither heard of nor watched the show before. Now that we have completed watching the first season, with the second and third seasons waiting… Continue reading World War II on the Small Screen

History Class, World War 2

78th Anniversary of the Anzio Landings

"Anzio Invasion, January 1944. Troops and equipment come ashore on the U.S. Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio, January 22, 1944. USS LCI-20 is burning at left, after being hit by a German bomb." Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Naval History and Heritage Command. I first shared this post last October, but as… Continue reading 78th Anniversary of the Anzio Landings

Books, Deepest Fears, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Or third, or I suppose now I'm starting on a fourth... I first published this post after releasing my first novel in 2019. Since then, I completed the second book that I was writing about and released it as Where Shall I Flee? in November of 2021. Now I'm working… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

Books, Life, Photos, Podcasts, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Photo by John on Pexels.com Once again we’ve turned the calendar page to a fresh new year, full of possibilities. Looking ahead to plans for 2022 got me looking back at 2021. Just what did I actually accomplish in the past year? It seems like it went by awfully fast… Personal The beginning of 2021… Continue reading Looking Back and Moving Forward

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Four Christmases at War

“Christmas/New Year's card from the 15th Evacuation Hospital in Italy in WWII. This mobile tent hospital followed the front from North Africa to Sicily and Italy.” Image courtesy of Mary Sanchis, via Wikimedia Commons. License link here: Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International — CC BY-SA 4.0 There are few times throughout the year when… Continue reading Four Christmases at War

Life, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

We've made it to another weekend! If your December is like mine, it's flying by in great leaps. Before it gets away from me completely, today I'm taking a moment to pause and update you on the results of November's NaNoWriMo challenge and to share a lovely opportunity I had to visit another writer's blog.… Continue reading 2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

History Class, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

"Original Caption: Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives. Today marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor,… Continue reading Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

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

Sunk at Pearl Harbor: The USS Utah and the USS Oklahoma

The capsized USS Oklahoma Today, the Our American Stories podcast featured one of my stories. On December 7th, 1941 six ships would be destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Two of them were the USS Utah and Oklahoma. Writer Anne Clare remembers their loss and the men who served on them in today's story.  If you'd care to give it… Continue reading Sunk at Pearl Harbor: The USS Utah and the USS Oklahoma

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

An Interview and a Review

I'd like to direct you to a couple of other authors' sites today! Author Dennis L. Peterson kindly invited me over to his blog for an interview. The first part of it is live today! Here's the link if you'd like to check it out and hear my thoughts on juggling this momming/teaching/writing life and… Continue reading An Interview and a Review

Books, Uncategorized

New WWII Fiction Releases

November has ended, and so has another year of NaNoWriMo. I'll be updating you on my results- and on what my students won for completing this year's challenge-soon. Today, however, I wanted to share a lovely promo that author Alexa Kang put together for the authors of The Second World War Club. This club is… Continue reading New WWII Fiction Releases

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

A Thanksgiving Note AND A Bit of Thanksgiving History

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the United States! (And a late Happy Thanksgiving to readers in Canada:)) I'm off to scrub down my kitchen before getting it good and messy tomorrow with pie, potatoes, turkey, stuffing and so on. (I'm hoping that the turkey I have thawing cooperates better than… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Note AND A Bit of Thanksgiving History

Books, Publishing, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

Hello Readers and Writers! Author Jonathon Mast graciously agreed to stop by for an interview and to let me throw all sorts of questions at him. I hope you find his insights on writing and publishing as interesting (and entertaining) as I did! SO, Jon, when did you become “a writer”? Was it something you… Continue reading An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

Books, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: When a Character Turns into a Problem Child

Welcome to another November weekend, and another excellent guest post! Today, author JPC Allen shares her thoughts on the challenge of working with characters who simply refuse to behave themselves. (Who knew fictional people we invent could be so ornery?!) I hope you enjoy her thoughts on this topic as much as I did! -Anne… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: When a Character Turns into a Problem Child

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

Veterans Day Stories

Every November 11th, countries around the world mark the end of the First World War. In the United States, we recognize it as Veterans Day, an opportunity to thank all of those who have served or are serving our country in the armed forces. The Our American Stories program is featuring several stories today honoring… Continue reading Veterans Day Stories

Publishing, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Tips

Guest Post By Andrew McDowell: Dusting Off Stories From History

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash Hello all—we've made it to another weekend! Today, author Andrew McDowell has been kind enough to stop by and share his thoughts on historical fiction. Can stories from history be overused, even as a framework for fiction? I enjoyed reading Andrew's thoughts on this, and I hope you do too! -Anne I… Continue reading Guest Post By Andrew McDowell: Dusting Off Stories From History

Books, Podcasts, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

The Waves of #War Will Take Us in This #Podcast: Where Shall I Flee? by Anne Clare — Jean Lee’s World

Many thanks to author Jean Lee who featured my new novel, Where Shall I Flee? in today's podcast! Stop by for a chance to listen to the opening pages of the novel along with Jean's writerly thoughts on it. -Anne Welcome back, my fellow creatives! We’re back with more beautiful brews from fellow indie authors… Continue reading The Waves of #War Will Take Us in This #Podcast: Where Shall I Flee? by Anne Clare — Jean Lee’s World

Books, Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

It’s Launch Day!

Photo by Kyle Hinkson on Unsplash It's launch day! My novel Where Shall I Flee? is officially available for purchase on Amazon as a paperback, e-book, or via Kindle Unlimited. If you've already pre-ordered an e-book, it should be delivered to you today. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped and encouraged me through this process,… Continue reading It’s Launch Day!

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

Anzio

"Anzio Invasion, January 1944. Troops and equipment come ashore on the U.S. Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio, January 22, 1944. USS LCI-20 is burning at left, after being hit by a German bomb." Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Naval History and Heritage Command. On January 22nd, 1944, a joint American and British… Continue reading Anzio

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

Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

"Little girl by radio" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain, cropped from the original. Music is powerful. Even a quick study of how it affects the brain is fascinating, but it doesn't take a degree to see the way that shared music creates connections between people. Music inspires, gives… Continue reading Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

Books, History Class, Marketing and Branding, Poetry, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Remembrance Poppies: Book Launch Giveaway

Hello again, Readers, Writers, and lovers of History! My new book launch is just days away, and it's time for another post, giving YOU another chance at the giveaway prizes I've prepared. (If you don't know about the giveaway, details are down toward the end of this post.) Along with the other prizes, I was… Continue reading Remembrance Poppies: Book Launch Giveaway

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

WWII Allied Military Currency: Book Launch Giveaway

Allied Military Currency, printed for the invasion of Sicily and Italy, 1943 Hello Readers, Writers, and History Lovers! It's the second day of my pre-book-launch giveaway. (If you haven't heard about this, the details are at the end of this post.) Today, I'm writing a bit about one of the prize items I'm giving away:… Continue reading WWII Allied Military Currency: Book Launch Giveaway

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

Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK: Book Launch Giveaway

While I love writing World War II fiction, the fact remains that any stories I come up with pale next to the true stories of courage and sacrifice from those tumultuous years. In celebration of the launch of my new book, Where Shall I Flee?, I'm giving one giveaway winner a paperback copy of Ruth… Continue reading Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK: Book Launch Giveaway

Books, Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Let the Book Launch Giveaway Begin!

It's time! The launch day for Where Shall I Flee? is only one week away. That means that it's time for some book-launch festivities! I'll be sharing new posts each day this week relating to my upcoming book. Each post will ALSO be an opportunity for a chance to win a prize! What are these… Continue reading Let the Book Launch Giveaway Begin!

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2

Would You Like a Sneak Peek at My Book Launch Giveaway Prizes?

Sorry, Kindle not included. BUT winners will have the option of an e-book or signed paperback! I received some exciting mail this week! I've been gathering some interesting items as giveaway prizes for the upcoming launch of Where Shall I Flee?, my second novel set in WWII Italy. I'll share the giveaway guidelines next week… Continue reading Would You Like a Sneak Peek at My Book Launch Giveaway Prizes?

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Storytelling, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I'm on the verge of launching a new story, which means introducing new protagonists and hoping they "play well" together. While their personalities are different than the characters from my first book, (i.e. the characters this post was about when I wrote it a few years ago) the lessons are essentially the same. I hope… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

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”

History Class, Podcasts, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

History Class, Podcasts, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

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