First Interview

My first media interview, printed in the Sunday 1 October edition of The
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
, can be read online at the following link:

http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061001/NEWS/610010327/1028

Ann Patterson, book columnist with the paper, interviewed me. We talk about history, camp followers, battle reenactments, women in the American Revolution, and writing. Thanks to Ann for the interview.

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Reenacting

Thanks to everyone who sent congratulations via email and blog comments.

060927-Hillsborough 2002 Reenactment

I’ve been a reenactor for almost seven years. At living history events such as those listed on the calendar, I portray the wife of a soldier (otherwise known as a "camp follower") in His Majesty’s 33rd Light Company of Foot. Although the term "camp follower" conjures images of a shabbily dressed, poxed prostitute who skulks around the fringe of a military camp, prostitutes made up only a small percentage of camp followers during the Revolutionary War. A camp follower was any non-combatant attending a military group: a soldier’s wife, sibling, child, parent, servant, or slave, for example, or an artisan (blacksmith, wheelwright, etc.), merchant (stationer, green grocer, etc.), trader, or peddler. One reason I reenact is to help educate the public about real history.

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T-Minus Two Weeks to Launch

2006 Paper Woman book cover

The first novel of my historical suspense series, Paper Woman: A Mystery of the American Revolution, debuts at Walnut Grove Plantation’s “Festifall” event two weeks from today, on Saturday 7 October 2006, in Roebuck, SC. I’ll be on site all day in 18th-century clothing. The battle reenactment starts at 1:00 p.m., and my reading begins approximately 1:30 p.m., just after the battle concludes, in front of the main house. For the booksigning, we’ll move around the side of the house to the grape arbor.

Paper Woman (ISBN 0-9785265-1-1) is published by Whittler’s Bench Press, a new fiction imprint of Dram Tree Books, and is also available through chains such as Books-a-Million and Amazon.

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