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After a thirty years as a history professor, now writing a series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco.

Background Information

My historical novel, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, is the first in a planned series of mysteries that will illuminate the occupations that women held in the late nineteenth century and is based on my doctoral work and over thirty years as a professor of U.S. Women's history.  I have wanted to write historical fiction since I was in high school, but family and a full-time teaching career kept me too busy. However, upon retirement, I have begun to fulfill my dream. 

As a reader, I love books that expose me to new worlds, whether in the past or future, and as an historian I have always felt that telling stories about the past is the most effective method of engaging people with that past. In Maids of Misfortune (set in 1879 San Francisco) I tell the story of a young widow, Annie Fuller, who supplements her income as a boarding house keeper by giving business and domestic advice as the clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. When one of Madam Sibyl's clients dies under mysterious circumstances, Annie Fuller, with the help of a local lawyer, Nate Dawson, investigates. In the midst of this investigation Annie goes undercover as a domestic servant. Boarding house keeping, domestic service, and, strange as it may seem, clairvoyance, were very typical occupations for women in the late nineteenth century. 

In the next book in the series, which I am currently writing, Uneasy Spirits, Annie will enter the world of spiritualism in order to expose a fraudulent trance medium. A third book in the series will feature urban and rural teachers.

While my novels have serious historical themes, they are light, fun entertainment, and probably my strongest literary influence comes from the regency romances of Georgette Heyer.  


Birth Place
San Diego, CA US

Maids of Misfortune was a finalist in the historical fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book awards, and is a best seller in the historical mystery category on

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Author Website
Features my first historical mystery, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, with free excerpt and information on where to buy it.

The Front Parlor
This blog tells the story of my successful journey as an indie author, with lots of good advice on self-publishing.

Facebook Author Page
This facebook page is for fans of my historical fiction and features photos and facts about Victorian San Francisco.

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