Many have asked why I write about history.
“Writing about history takes so much time, you know, all that research!” they say.
Let me introduce some of my history… about history.
I love the Old West. I love New Zealand. I love stories of “the old countries”. I have relatives from Denmark, Scotland, Russia, and the American South, all of which interest me no end. My genealogy charts are getting more branched as I continue to delve!
- I grew up on Highway 84 in La Honda, CA…
- where the Younger Brothers used to hang out after big heists…
- where the Stage ran through…
- and the Peek-a Boo Inn (yes, it was what it sounds like), the eleven bars, three churches and one store were the standard, back in the day. La Honda and some of its history is now featured in the third story of The Long Trails series, in A Sea of Green Unfolding)
Then I went away to university, finished veterinary school…(had to be a hoss-doc, didn’t I?)…
So, I was rather steeped in the Old West from a very young age.
Well, things led to things and I made my way to New Zealand, where I’ve lived for the past 27 years and have just published my fourth book. They comprise three 1860’s historical fictions in The Long Trails series and the newest, a contemporary novella, placed in the middle of the new Once Upon a Vet School series.
“But I hate reading about history,” some others say.
I love and write history, but rather than vomiting facts and figures all over the pages in what authors call “info-dumps”, I offer it in a palatable way, by letting my fictitious characters interact with real historical ones in real historical settings. In essence, offering history in a tasty mix. It might just make history buffs of some people who didn’t think they’d ever go there!
History is good, but what about Food?
In case you were wondering what my historicals are about, have a read!
The Long Trails Series
Tales of factual fiction, adventure stories rich in historical detail, following the escapades of Aleksandra, Xavier, and Tatiana as they travel across continents and seas through the 1860’s.
She didn’t expect to become a target…but she is one now.
Aleksandra is alone and running to prevent her father’s killer from discovering their family secret. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah, Aleksandra winds up in even deeper trouble when she rides full speed into the Paiute Indian War. With Xavier, her compelling Californio boss, can she escape the Indians on the warpath and evade the man who’s already killed her father—and set his sights on her?
No one will stand in their way—and live.
As the Civil War rages, secessionists menace California. Aleksandra and Xavier are trying to get back home—through the oncoming Civil War, the mining camps of 1860’s Nevada and California, and the Sacramento floods—to Xavier’s Californio Rancho de las Pulgas. Embroiled in the Confederate’s fight to drag the new state from the Union and make it their own, can Aleks and Xavier survive?
When you’ve lost everything, the only way to go is up—isn’t it?
Follow the young couple’s journey to adventure in the turbulent wilderness of 1861 New Zealand. Tragedy strikes in Aleksandra and Xavier’s newly found paradise on their California Rancho and von Tempsky’s invitation draws them to a new life in New Zealand—where the land wars between the European settlers and the local Maori have only just begun.
When the tsar holds the reins, nothing is certain—even life itself.
Stableman’s daughter Tatiana rises to glamorous heights by her equestrienne abilities—but the tsar’s glittering attention is not always gold. She and her husband Vladimir become pawns in the emperor’s pursuit of a coveted secret weapon. While Tatiana and their infant son are placed under house arrest, Vladimir must recover the weapon, or risk losing his wife and young son. With the odds mounting against them, can they find each other again—half a world away?
Tatiana is my WIP (Work In Progress) right now. Does anyone have anything they’d especially like to see in the story?
Can’t wait to hear from you!