When I started writing historical fiction for children, I found 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 drew me into nonfiction writing for newspapers and magazines in my area. To me, it's really satisfying to absorb and creatively explain the details of an issue while still telling a readable, true story.
Here is a sampling of the pieces I’ve published locally. Most are focused on happenings in Charlottesville, VA, my home town, or Crozet, my adopted village just to the west. Enjoy.
Red foxes are right at home with people
New mobility hits the road
Confederate imagery expelled from county schools
Lovingston, VA mapmaker recreates original county outlines
Inside the muddled market for child care, in Charlottesville and beyond.
Will tightening homestay rules close more doors?
Local importers are always ready to bring it
Podcasting is exploding; local producers tell us how it’s done.
The Goldilocks Principle at work in nature: How many is juuuuust right?
Local recycling options dry up
Why the county pays the city millions each year.
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 the 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.