About the Author . . .


Mystery Writers of America

       and Pacific NW chapter of MWA

Historical Novel Society

Sisters in Crime

      and Columbia River chapter of SinC

Willamette Writers

Biographers International Organization

My historical mystery is set in Portland, Oregon, in the early 1880s when the transcontinental railroad connected to the city and brought great prosperity--as well as corruption, mayhem, and murder. The novel draws on my years of research when I was a Professor of Gilded Age literature and the history of 19th-century medicine.

As an academic, I published several books about this period, including biographies of writers and activists. (See Books page above)

Now I'm bringing that world alive in the pages of my historical novels - and soon in a blog to help other novelists with historical research.

Contact me at smh.mysterybios@gmail.com