The Author

I was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. My family moved here when I was six, and we fell in love with the place. I’ve called Alaska home ever since. You’ll know why Alaska is so close to my heart as you see the beauty and meet Alaskans of past and present.

Throughout my life, I’ve felt the power of words. I taught English for 20 years, and I’m now able to spend more time on my writing, including the novels in my young adult historical romance series. My first series is set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world.

When not writing, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and participating in Cowboy Action Shooting with the Alaska 49ers. I also belong to several historical and writers’ groups.


Why Debate by Shawn F. Briscoe

As you may know, this year I’m encouraging folks to think about critical thinking. (See more at .) A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to judge at the Alaska State DDF (Drama Debate and Forensics) Tournament. There, my faith in humanity was renewed as I watched all the high school students using their critical thinking skills to consider many topics, from plea bargaining to editorial cartoons. And it reminded me how important debate can be for high school and college students.

Contrary to the stereotype, debate is not just a fancy term for arguing. Debate is a great activity to help students learn how to think critically.

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