I was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. My family moved here when I was six, and we fell in love with the place. I’ve called Alaska home ever since. You’ll know why Alaska is so close to my heart as you see the beauty and meet Alaskans of past and present.
Throughout my life, I’ve felt the power of words. I taught English for 20 years, and I’m now able to spend more time on my writing, including the novels in my young adult historical romance series. My ﬁrst series is set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world.
When not writing, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and participating in Cowboy Action Shooting with the Alaska 49ers. I also belong to several historical and writers’ groups.
(See the History section for links.)
Fools Gold is the first book in my Gold Rush series. The next book is the prequel to Fools Gold, set in Juneau, Alaska in 1886. It’s a novella, a quick read. We get to learn more about Ada’s and Tom’s background in this one. (You may recall they own the hotel across the street from Ellie’s pie tent.) We see how they meet, what brings them to Alaska, and what shapes their characters as young people.
Here’s a short excerpt:
Ada opened a trunk, and Stephen handed them a rifle and pistol and picked up a rifle for himself.
“Thanks, let’s go,” Jack said after he checked the chamber of the Winchester.
Tom looked at her a moment after pocketing the revolver.Read More