Novels, Short Stories & Articles

“Every place has a tale to tell.”

Writing historical fiction emerged from my work as an architectural historian. Always fascinated by both history and myth, I explore buildings and landscapes across Europe, the United States and South America. To capture the romance and spirit of a place in words that reveal the engaging people and ideas of past times has been my prime motivation. I find making a work of art, architecture or a garden come alive in stories is one of the most rewarding forms of entertainment.

NOVELS: The Beauty Tales Trilogy

Forthcoming. The first in the trilogy is Beauty’s Hero: The Story Behind the Tale of Sleeping Beauty.

The Beauty Tales Trilogy takes readers into the lost world of 17th century France to follow the epic journeys of Charles Perrault, the master of the classic fairy tales Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. In these legendary stories, Perrault explores charmed castles and forbidden forests, encountering heroes, villains, fair princesses and ferocious ogres at every turn. As a high ranking official of King Louis XIV’s spectacular court, Perrault took the rustic tales told by country folk and dressed them in the elegant clothing of the royal courtiers and fashionable Parisian society. Perrault’s tales were lightly veiled satires of the people he knew in exalted circles. To protect himself from any criticism or retribution, he never used his own name as author, instead publishing the fairy tales under a pen name, Mother Goose. Each book in The Beauty Tales Trilogy will reveal the cast of characters and legendary places, both real and imagined, that inspired each of Perrault’s tales.

SHORT STORIES: Gods and Girls: Stories of Art, Seduction and Obsession

Forthcoming. This collection of short stories is based on the tales of women whose encounters with works of art forever change the course of their lives. Readers embark on adventures around the globe, to ancient far off places of mystical power that mesmerize their viewers. Immerse in the work of art, read on and see how each character is transformed by the encounter with a temple, a painting or a sculpture. A super model meets the Venus de Milo, a linguist is hypnotized by a Mayan pyramid, a conservator uncovers the mysteries of a great painting, which expose secrets about her own life. Many more masterpieces and the women they bewitch and bemuse are waiting as Gods and Girls envelopes the reader in tales where art, seduction and obsession appear in every guise.

ARTICLES

My career as an architectural historian, working in the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, has produced several articles written by me or featuring my work devoted to landmark buildings, landscapes and the stories of the people who inhabited these places.

Links to Articles:

Mapping the Newport Experience: A History of the City’s Urban Development

October 30, 2016

Lend Me Your Ears

The Public Humanist August 9, 2016

The Fairy Tales Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The Public Humanist  June 13, 2016

Food and Cultural Identity in a Crisis

The Public Humanist January 25, 2016

A Classic Revisited: The Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island

Eden of America: The Landscape Heritage of Newport, Rhode Island

April 22, 2015

Loving the Gilded Age and Learning to Look

The Magazine Antiques January/February issue 2013

The Chronicle Herald February 15, 2013

Downton Abbey Comes to Life in Newport

Next for Newport Preservation: Gilded-Age Beeches

The New York Times October 25, 2011

The Scullery Maid Behind the Brocade at Mansion Museums

The New York Times June 11, 2009

John Tschirch: Newport as a Model for Urban Living

Forthcoming article on the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in 2016 issue of Fine Arts and Antiques.