Well-written historical fiction offers a powerful platform for teaching both history and literature in the classroom. I am fascinated by America’s history, but my first love will always be literature. My primary purpose in writing The Candle Star was to create something beautiful. As a teacher, I couldn’t help but write with the classroom in mind.
The Candle Star, the first book of my Civil War-era Divided Decade Collection, features the Underground Railroad. Here's the blurb:
"After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There Emily meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel."
I always make complete digital versions of my novels free to teachers upon request in pdf, mobi, and epub. (Best to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for full versions.) I also create a variety of resources to help teachers get the most mileage out of my books. From links to primary resources to study guides and vocabulary lists, from jumping of points for other subjects to fully developed lesson plans, they are all freely available.
I hope my novels will get students excited about reading. But I’d be delighted if they learned a little something along the way.