Anne O’Malley Adventure Series
Welcome to my website. I’m glad you’ve come to visit a while.
I’m a writer. Although I came to it late, writing is now intertwined in much of my life, and writing the Anne O’Malley novels is now my passion. Her adventures have been taking me on quite a ride!
My perspective is that of a certain age. My characters–particularly Anne O’Malley–reflect that. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, romance, intrigue, suspense, adventure, and love are not the purview of only those under 30, or 40, or 50. In fact, I like to think that the older we get, the better we get at it all, and the more we savor life. Anne O’Malley is testament to that belief. And hopefully, this website will be an inspirational and entertaining space for all of you who agree with me as well as those of you I hope to convince.
But back to writing. Unable to let go of Anne at the end of the first book, I’ve now written five novels (so far) about her. The first two, Quest for the Ivory Caribou and Twenty-Six Eskimo Words are available at Amazon and most other places books are sold.
In Quest for the Ivory Caribou, 60-year-old Anne is depressed by her recent widowhood after a long happy marriage. Her friend Carola convinces her to go to Ottawa, Canada, to continue genealogical research to solve a family mystery on which she and her husband had been working. There, she finds that she’s related, through marriage, to people in Ungavaq, an Inuit village in northern Quebec. She decides to go there to find out what it means for her. As a result, what she thought was going to be a quiet slide into old age turns out to be something completely different. Her story–and the mysteries and adventures she encounters–continue in Twenty-Six Eskimo Words and the next three books in the series. Watch for Labyrinth of Love, Let Me Count the Ways . . ., and Checkmate.
Though writing Anne’s story has become my primary occupation of late, in addition to the series about her, I write book reviews. I was the reviewer for 14 years for the San Diego Horticultural Society’s Let’s Talk Plants. Now I review books for the Mensa Bulletin, a national magazine. I’ll post reviews of the books I think are interesting on the blog page.
I’ve also written two popular history books, American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with my writing partner, Dr. Richard Lederer. A daily newspaper column based on those books ran for four years in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
In my free time–when I’m not immersed in an adventure with Anne–I garden, cook, read, and love spending time with my daughter and grandchildren and my four, at last count, dogs.
Enough about Anne and about me. Please, sit a spell and explore the site. Read a couple of chapters from the books and get to know Anne. I think you’ll have fun.
Who was the first explorer of European descent to set foot in North America?
In A.D. 1000, almost 500 years before the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, Viking Leif Ericson became the first European to land in the New World, in Newfoundland, Canada.
What were the names of Christopher Columbus’s three ships on his first voyage to the New World?
The Niña, Pinta and Santa María, the last of which Columbus captained. Columbus commanded 17 ships on his second voyage. He made a total of four voyages.
During his voyages between 1492 and 1504, was Christopher Columbus afraid of falling off the edge of the flat earth?
No. Astronomers as far back as the ancient Greeks knew that the Earth was round. Pythagoras was the first.
When did Christopher Columbus know for sure that he had reached the New World?
Columbus thought he had found a western route to India. He died in 1506 never realizing he had come to the New World.
The name America was derived from the name of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. What is the English equivalent of Amerigo?
Amerigo is the Italian form of the Medieval Latin name Emericus, which in turn issues from the German Heimirich — Henry in English.