Born in Ohio, US, but raised in Finger Lakes area of New York State, Cornwall, UK, and Barbados, in what was then B.W.I. I passed A levels before returning to a US college.
What was it that first got you into writing and when did you start writing?
I loved telling stories and when I was very small decided that people would be interested in them. Just about the time I learned to write sentences, I began telling stories.
Older writers of historicals, like Elizabeth Goudge and Margaret Irwin, and pure story-tellers T.E. White, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love making the world appear.
Historical novels and a few historical romances, although these are heavy on the history.
An American Revolution and Early Federal Period novel.
I prefer morning, or insomnia times when it is quiet and there are fewer distractions.
First, I love to make the world appear--that is, the setting. Then, the moment when the characters begin to write their own dialogue. Then you know you are really on your way.
Marketing, and having to be a public person. I'd far rather write and dream than slog through reality.
What’s the best piece of feedback that you’ve had from your audience?
That they believed in my interpretation of the various characters, and also, in the world. That they'd experienced "time travel" and were like "flies on the wall," getting the real low-down.
Do you write for a particular audience, or is your first priority to satisfy your own creativity?
Well, I try to write for women who are interested in living history through my words--or men, if they are so inclined. I spend plenty of time in the heads of my male characters, too, and they can be quite challenging to create convincingly.
Do you have a homepage? Do you have any short stories or poems published online? (If so, please provide the URLs):
short stories: http://www.frontierpublishing.net/anthology/history/h01.html