Walking the Walk

One of the great pleasures of writing historical novels is visiting the sites where my characters lived, loved and worked and where events occurred affecting their destinies. I was fortunate to experience Edgar Degas’s New Orleans studio while researching Creole Son, Glenburnie Manor in Natchez where The Goat Castle Murder occurred, the old Spanish California missions which were the setting for Communion of Sinners, and even Abu Simbel, Egypt, for a long-ago historical romance entitled O’Rouark’s Treasure. More recently I traveled down to Richmond to explore Tuckahoe, one of five plantation houses figuring prominently in my latest work-in-progress, Defamed! Tuckahoe was the childhood home of Nancy Randolph who, in 1792, was at the core of America’s first great...

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