It’s time to SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers

on April 24, 2021

As a founding member of the Paper Lantern Writers Historical Fiction Author Collective (whew! what a long title!) I’m excited to invite you to join SHINE, our new Facebook Group. SHINE is for readers and writers, editors and researchers, and anyone else who loves to talk about books, especially our favorite historical fiction. Here’s the… Read More

Fifty Fabulous Online Library Historical Collections

on April 9, 2021

In which I share FIFTY FABULOUS links where you can explore just about any time and place in history! Something for everyone on Paper Lantern Writers! Fifty Fabulous Online Library Historical Collections

An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you

on October 9, 2020

Happy October, the month of ghosties and ghoulies, long-leggetie beasties, And things that go bump in the night. You know, Monster Month! Today at Paper Lantern Writers I’m sharing lively links about some of the 19th century’s scariest monsters. And the woman and men who wrote their stories. Join us!

but w-h-y?

on August 30, 2020

Yep, Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper has a new cover. But W-H-Y? Here’s what I told fellow crime novelist Vinnie Hansen when she interviewed me for the Sisters in Crime NorCal newsletter earlier this year: “Last June I was at the Historical Novel Society Conference and saw my book on sale next to… Read More

A new look for Fanny Newcomb!

on August 29, 2020

As you can see from my homepage (and from my FB Banner and elsewhere), Fanny Newcomb has changed! Yep, the cover of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER has definitely changed. Gone are the drops of blood and the photographs of Gilded Age prostitutes. Gone is the back cover copy proclaiming “Gilded Age New… Read More


on August 19, 2020

It’s a BOOK CLUB! Virtual, of course! My girls, the Paper Lantern Writers, have started PAPER LANTERN WRITERS READ! where we’ll share…the books we are reading and want to read. Join us!

Well, this is sobering….

on December 18, 2019

I just got my “Ana’s Year in Books” email from Goodreads and I only read 4,413 pages across 14 books. 14 books over 12 months! What a slouch! I know I read more than 14 books this year; I just didn’t report them on Goodreads. I like this Goodreads feature–especially since we’re going to be… Read More


on May 26, 2019

I downloaded IN FARLEIGH FIELD to my Kindle a while back and just started reading it today. I know, I know, it’s an award winner, it’s highly recommended, but still, there are so many great historical novels out there to read. And I must admit that I try to read historicals “in my era”, that… Read More

Want to read THE AWAKENING?

on April 14, 2019

You can read Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel THE AWAKENING for free. At many places. Including your public library, of course. Just to make it easy for you, here’s where you can find THE AWAKENING on Project Gutenberg. ENJOY!  

Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending – Now Available!

on March 25, 2019

I’m very pleased to announce that my historic short story “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending” has been published in Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers. This stunning anthology includes “19 short stories that explore crime, guilt, and justice in our earthquake-prone region and beyond.” My “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel… Read More