For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love of history. Thus, when my grandchildren were old enough and I had the time, I decided to write novels for middle-graders that combined historical accuracy with exciting plots.
Having lived in Boston and having raised a family in Lexington, it was natural that I write about the American Revolution. My first book is entitled The First Shot and is about a young man who goes back in time to become involved in the Battle of Lexington. In my second book, Evacuation Day, the same young man returns in time to meet his friends in 1776 and become involved in the British evacuation from Boston, which was George Washington’s first victory.
As I did research for the books, I learned much about Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. This led me to my third book, The 4th of July Spies, in which our young hero again returns to 1776, and with the help of his friends, foils a British plot to kidnap Jefferson, Ben Franklin and John Adams and prevent the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson is of course, the main historical figure in the book, and remains a fascinating individual to me.