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.
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We just had a big anniversary for World War II in Alaska, 70 years since the battle of Attu. I attended two different events last week to recognize World War II Remembrance Week, and one the weekend before. Each had its moments of grace.
The first event was to celebrate the building of the Alaska Highway. Three of the seven engineer regiments used to build it were African-American, and deserve part of the credit for the later integration of U.S. troops. Lots of performers and speakers gave us information about this huge accomplishment and inspiration to future generations. My favorite moment was meeting a local gentleman whose father was one of the soldiers who built the road, Pvt. J.A.Read More