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

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

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

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

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

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

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