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December 11, 2014

In my novel, DEAD OF AUTUMN, the contemporary suspense story intertwines with the tale of Dewilla Noakes.  Dewilla and her sisters are on a road trip with their father and older cousin, Winifred -- a trip that ends tragically for the entire family.  Although my story is fictionalized, it is based on an historical event.  The Babes in the Woods were three young sisters, found dead in the Pennsylvania woods near Pine Grove Furnace State Park one wintry November day in 1934.  The 80th anniversary of their deaths was just a few weeks ago.


I had planned to summarize the known history of the Noake's family's fateful cross-country journey here on my blog.  However, reporter Joseph Cress of Carlisle, PA's newspaper, The Sentinel,  wrote two excellent stories to commemorate the Babe'...

October 13, 2014

One of the key plot issues in Dead of Autumn concerns the conflicting attitudes about abortion that exist in today’s society.  What happens when  the book’s protagonist, Alexa Williams, becomes entangled in a clash of viewpoints regarding abortion becomes an important thread of the novel.


Interwoven through the contemporary story of Dead of Autumn is the tale of the Depression-era Babes in the Woods .   I’ve fictionalized the story, telling it through the eyes of one of the young “Babes,” Dewilla Noakes.  Although not mentioned in my book, one of the little-known components of the Babes’ sad story also relates to abortion.


Mary Hayford Sedgwick Noakes died approximately two years before her daughters in July 1932 from "septicemia hemolytic".  Historical records indicate that...

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