Ever since my 1st grade teacher handed me a blank hard cover book to write and illustrate my own story, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I promptly wrote about a friendship between a dog and a unicorn, crayon illustrations and all. In seventh grade, I hand wrote my first full-length fantasy novel during countless lunch hours, dull moments in class, and late into the night sitting in bed. Writing has been in my blood from the beginning!
As a teenager I fell in love with history. At age 13, I belonged to the local Junior Historical Society and volunteered at the Historical Society Museum in Bloomington, Indiana. It was there that I saw my very first exhibit about World War II. It hit me with such intense fascination, I was never the same. After reading every single book about WWII in the YA fiction section of my library (some of which gave me nightmares!), that time period was written onto my heart.
My love for the wartime period has deepened as an adult, especially as I've learned about it through the lens of my relatives. I don't have the typical military background in my family that so many have. I do have a grandfather who was a conscientious objector, a great uncle who was a factory worker, a grandfather who was too young to fight so he joined up as soon as he could for the Korean War, a grandfather-in-law who helped with the reconstruction efforts in Japan after the war, and grandmothers who lived through that time on the homefront.
Besides writing and doing research, I continue the pursuit for my love of history by writing at my blog HISTORY: Preserved. I specialize in studying and experimenting with WWII ration recipes. I also write about museums, historical sewing, and vintage cooking. My family and I also occasionally participate in WWII reenactment events where we teach about Boy Scouts in wartime, rationing, and the British Women's Land Army.
I'm a wife to an amazing husband and mom to three great kids whom we homeschool. Maryland is the state we call home.
I love sharing my love of history with others whether it be through writing, teaching, or inspiring others to dive into experiencing history for themselves. I hope that I can inspire you in some small way!