I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ll always be a California girl but I’ve traveled all over with my Navy husband: Greece, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In the late 80’s we settled in Virginia when he was transferred to Washington DC. The traffic around DC so we moved farther south near the historical city of Fredericksburg. Surrounded by all the history here, my dormant love of the past came to life.
Fredericksburg—half way between DC and the state capital of Richmond—was a great tobacco port in the eighteenth century and was involved in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. A famous civil war battle was fought here. Fredericksburg is lined with shops in historic buildings, a few from the eighteenth century. George Washington was born in Virginia, and his mother had a house downtown, which is open for tours. His brother owned a house which is now the famous Rising Sun Tavern. Hugh Mercer, a general and friend of Washington, had an apothecary shop, also open for tours. The Lewis Store, owned by a Washington relative-by-marriage—and a distant relation of mine—was recently refurbished and is available for viewing. http://www.visitfred.com/
Virginia has recently become famous as a wine producing state, and since my husband and I love wines, we’ve traveled the different regions and we must agree. From the Blue Ridge foothills to the Northern Neck, Virginia hosts many excellent wineries comparable to Northern California. http://www.virginiawine.org/wineries
Virginia is a gorgeous state with something for everyone, state parks, historic buildings, numerous significant battlefields, five-star restaurants and beaches. If only they could get rid of the humidity in the summer (California girl speaking).
History inspires my historical novels, which I’ve set in Europe.
THE FALSE LIGHT
A ruined countess flees France during the French Revolution to find passion and betrayal in England.
A story based in sultry, South of New Orleans and a France still torn apart by war.
Set on the remote island of St. Helena during Napoleon’s exile. A servant girl joins Napoleon’s dangerous plan to escape the island.
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