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

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!