The Author

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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So you may have heard me talking about my Alcan book, perhaps more than once. You’ll probably hear me talk about it for some time in the future, too. Let me explain:

 

After I finished the Gold Rush series, I set my sights on World War II in Alaska. Lots of interesting things happened here during the war; for example, did you know Alaska was the only U.S. territory held by the Japanese? And for a variety of reasons, I decided to start with the building of the Alcan (Alaska) Highway in 1942.

 

I started researching the Alcan in the summer of 2013. By that fall, I had a concept for a novel, and started writing.

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