Author of The Christmas Village and Return to Canterbury

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015


My mother had a sad childhood. In 1933, when she was eight, her father left. My grandmother took work as a governess, a live-in position that meant that while she took care of another family's children, she could not take care of her own daughter. Grandma sent Mom to live with family in England, but Mom ended up being passed from one aunt and uncle to another and never felt welcomed or as if she belonged.

In 1937, when Mom was 12, my grandmother made a trip to England to see her. It was then that Grandma gave Mom the news that she was to enter a boarding school for orphans and fatherless children in Liverpool, England. Far from home, already feeling abandoned by her father, then her mother, then her mother's English relatives, this seemed to Mom like the ultimate abandonment. 

So begins a period in my mother's life that has become the inspiration for my next novel. In each of my A to Z posts, I'll be sharing some aspect of her experience or some tidbits from the book, which is currently a work in process. 

Here is a picture of Mom that would have been taken sometime after she entered boarding school. She would have been 12 or 13 here. I know, because she is sporting the signature haircut that all the girls had to wear. I don't know where the picture was taken or whose dog that is! 

Monday, March 23, 2015


Hi! Welcome to my blog!

I'm participating in the 2015 April A to Z Challenge and my theme is topics related to the book I'm currently working on. This one is historical fiction that takes place in England and Wales at the start of WWII. It is inspired by (but not an account of) my mother's experiences as a student in a English boarding school for orphans and fatherless children, and her evacuation with her entire school to the countryside of Wales.

Look forward to your visits!