It has always been my lifelong dream to write an historical novel, and now that dream has come true with the publication of Puritan Witch!
Growing up on the North Dakota prairie, I spent most of my time indoors, writing stories. When my classmates were out developing coordination and social skills at recess, I stayed inside and wrote stories. Later, I took creative writing courses.
As I matured, my passion for writing subsided. I'd grown discouraged, submitting short stories only to get rejection slips sent in return. I got married, moved to Maryland, and life in general got in the way of my writing. I stayed creative with other hobbies; cross-stitch, quilting, crochet, spinning, etc--but nothing sang to my soul like writing.
And then after about a 25-year hiatus, my passion for writing was rekindled thanks largely to a third cousin I met online. She told me about a common ancestress of ours, Rebecca Eames, who had been accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Intrigued, I said, "Oh, that would make a great historical novel! Too bad I don't write anymore!"
"So write it," my dear cousin suggested, or something to that effect. And with those few words, my desire to write was restored. I researched Puritan life and refreshed my memory on the witchcraft trials. I traveled to Boxford, Massachusetts and visited Rebecca's grave!
Knowing how impossible it is to break into publishing without an agent, I explored self-publishing. A wonderful lady told me about iUniverse.com , and I went with them. Puritan Witch was released for publication in September of 2013.
I am presently writing the sequel to Puritan Witch and hope to have it finished by the end of this year and in print by early 2015.