My dream of writing a book first took root in my twenties, and some forty years later, I’ve seen that dream come true. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish—part historical fiction and part contemporary family drama—is my debut novel. I love stories that shift between the past and present. Maybe that’s because my family had five living generations upon my birth, and when my own grandchildren came along, my family had five living generations again. This experience has also given me a sense of what we observe in those who’ve come before us … and what we pass down from one generation to the next.
I was born in the suburbs of Cincinnati, near where my novel takes place. I mostly grew up in Indiana, spent a decade in metro-Detroit with my husband’s career, and now we reside outside of Atlanta. We’ve been married for more than forty years, and we feel blessed to be near our two sons and their families.
My writing journey officially began when we became empty-nesters. I still write on the weekends and evenings while not at my job, and I’m known to use vacation time to draft pages for fourteen hours a day, or to take trips just for research. I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society, and my feature article, “Multi-Period Novels: The Keys to Weaving Together Two Stories from Different Time Periods,” appeared in the Historical Novels Review. I graduated from Indiana University, where I studied marketing and English. I head up the marketing department of a national law firm (yes, lawyers sometimes get a bad rap, but I’ve worked with this group for twenty-some years, and they’re the best!). I’m also an alum of the Yale Writers’ Workshop.
No matter my hectic schedule, I make room for reading or listening to books, doing a little cooking, and playing in the sunshine. And I enjoy the community of readers! You can connect with me directly here or on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.