When I began writing historical fiction for children, I discovered that I loved the research part of the process the most—learning how things like clipper ship sails and early railroad engines looked, worked, and sounded in order to enliven the story. This discovery led to my foray into nonfiction writing for newspapers and magazines in my area. To me, it's incredibly satisfying to absorb and creatively explain the details of an issue while still telling a readable, true story.
So here is a blog-ish page of my articles, updated in a random fashion. Included are many of the pieces I publish locally, along with an occasional essay or minor investigation. Most are focused on happenings in Charlottesville, VA, my home town, or Crozet, my adopted village just to the west. Hope you enjoy.
Why the county pays the city millions each year.
Tips for stressed parents.
Keep calm and trust your instincts.
Should they stay or should they go?
A community YMCA, twenty-five years in making, breaks new ground in Cville.
Living with wildlife in Crozet.
Winner of 2017 Virginia Press Association Best in Show award!
A profile of Anne-Marie Slaughter, former policy director for the State Dept. and very big thinker.
Are boys reading less, or do they have less to read? Some facts about the fiction.
If he could write, Cecil would probably have a blog. He'd call it a clog.