Buh-bye Twitter

on November 7, 2022

At some moment in my almost thirty-year career in high tech, I came up with a list of reasons “why I would ever quit this job”. The list is short: I’ll quit if my manager starts micro-managing me. I’ll quit if my manager starts jerking me around. And even though I’m not employed by Twitter,… Read More


Release Day for PLW’s UNLOCKED

on November 1, 2022

Whoo-Hoo! It’s Release Day! I’m so thrilled to share that UNLOCKED, the Paper Lantern Writer’s anthology of historical fiction short stories, releases TODAY! And I hope that you enjoy my World War II story Trust No One. Available on kindle & paperback!* Who knows what treasures will be found when this ancient trunk is finally… Read More


Trust No One

on September 6, 2022

Naturally, I’ve got a short story in the Paper Lantern Writers UNLOCKED anthology! And although I’ve often said “You’ll never catch me writing a World War II story”, when the characters (women working at the Office of Strategic Services), locale (Washington D.C.), and date (1943) called out to me, I had to write! Trust No… Read More


UNLOCKED Announcement & Cover Reveal

on September 2, 2022

What tales are revealed when an old wooden chest is opened? Find out in UNLOCKED, an anthology of eight stories spanning seven centuries from Paper Lantern Writers. UNLOCKED drops on November 1st, but you can preorder NOW at https://amzn.to/3Q2GRdG. This gorgeous cover was designed by Paper Lantern Writer Mari Christie.


Happy Birthday to US!

on August 31, 2022

It’s a kinda special day for me and four other Paper Lantern Writers. It’s the third anniversary of our first meeting…when we all (okay, Kathryn wasn’t physically there, but I was thinking about her) met at Linda’s house and said to each other….   “What if, instead of continuing to promote our historical fiction ALL… Read More


Neptune Beach ~ the Coney Island of the West

on August 30, 2022

In celebration of National Beach Day, I’m sharing a little history of Neptune Beach, which is featured in my currently-being-queried novel THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE. Hope you enjoy your visit to the Coney Island of the West! . . . Imagine that it’s April 1919 and you’re a U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant just returned to… Read More


Introducing…Elsie Clark, Vaudevillian Extraordinaire!

on June 16, 2022

I told you in the latest Paper Lantern Writers Q&A that I inherited the scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, and so much more belonging to vaudevillian and Okeh recording artist Elsie Clark. So here’s the proof. These are just a few photos of Elsie’s career in vaudeville, but I think you get the picture… Publicity Photo #1… Read More


See you tomorrow and Sunday…

on May 6, 2022

…at the Bay Area Book Festival at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California! Stop by the Paper Lantern Writers booth to chat about reading, writing, and loving Historical Fiction. We’ll have lots of books to sell and sign. Plus some other fun giveaways!  


A New Publisher for Fanny Newcomb

on April 24, 2022

After a very happy five years with Sand Hill Review Press, I’m equally happy to announce that Fanny Newcomb & the Irish Channel Ripper has found a new home with Word by Word Press.   Hope you come on over to see Fanny and the other books published by Proprietor Mary F. Burns, author of… Read More


It’s Vintage Easter Postcard Time!

on April 16, 2022

The Easter Season has always been one of my favorite times of year and these postcards from the NYPL definitely celebrate the spirit of spring:     Finis!