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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'...

September 15, 2014

 In Dead of Autumn, Alexa has a constant companion in her English mastiff, Scout. I based Scout on the three mastiffs that have been part of our family over the years.  According to Wikipedia, the English Mastiff is “distinguishable by enormous size, massive head, and a limited range of colours, but always displaying a black mask …the Mastiff is noted for its gentle temperament.  With a massive body, broad skull and head of generally square appearance, it is the largest dog breed in terms of mass.”  Our first mastiff, Willie, was an apricot-colored puppy who died before his first birthday from a congenital heart defect.  Although his time with us was brief, Willie introduced the Knowltons to some common mastiff traits – like always wanting to sit on your feet.  Max, our second mastiff, was...

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