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.

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James Wickersham, via Tanana-Yukon Historical Society

I came across this recently on the Alaska Historical Society website ():

 August 24, 1912 – President William Howard Taft signed the Organic Act which created the Territory of Alaska. The signing took place on the birthday of Delegate James Wickersham, author of the bill.

Here’s the story about how that happened:

When Alaska became a U. S. territory in 1867, it was a “customs and military district” controlled by Washington DC bureaucrats. The First Organic Act of 1884 created the federal judicial system and a school system for Alaska, but all the administrators were presidential appointees, and many positions were filled by unqualified men from the Lower 48.

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