Homestead, published under my own name, won the PEN/Hemingway Award.

As of September 2021 there are eight novels in total,[1]Three additional novels were published under my legal name (Rosina Lippi). Homestead, mentioned above, is one of them. The other two are Tied to the Tracks and The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square. … Continue reading six in the first series (generally called the Wilderness series), and two in the second (Waverly Place Series). 

The question I hear most often these days: What’s next? What comes after Where the Light Enters? Here’s an answer.

Iroquois Nation Territories ca 1800

Both series of novels are set primarily in northern New York State or Manhattan in the 19th century, but there are storylines that spend time in Annandale, ScotlandGraubünden, Switzerland; Genoa, Italy; the French Antilles;  Spanish Florida; the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans and environs, rural New Jersey and Staten Island; St. Louis; Kansas Territory; New Mexico Territory.  The Wilderness novels run from 1792 to 1824; the Waverly Place novels are set between 1883 and 1885; and Little Birds is set in 1857.

There are two kinds of information here: First, research summaries on a wide variety of topics. Some examples:

  • prisoner of war camps in Canada in the early 19th century
  • how the first smallpox vaccinations were done
  • standards of beauty in the Victorian era, and the corset kerfuffle
  • how much it cost to ride the elevated train in 1885 in Manhattan
  • what vegetables the average person could expect to harvest (or buy) in April
  • the smuggling culture in coastal lowland Scotland in the late 18th century 
  • how slavery worked in northern states, and the repercussions of the Gradual Manumission Act. (Yes, slavery was in the north, too.)
  • what Andrew Jackson got up to in New Orleans during the last battle in the war of 1812.

Second, there is information about the stories themselves and the zillion or so characters wandering around in my frazzled  head.

This is a big project that starts with transferring many posts between weblog and wiki. It may never be finished, but I chisel way at it so the next time somebody emails to say: I’m confused about Lily’s family or Where was x when the steamboat docked in Independence?  I can send them here to have a look around and find an answer.  Possibly not to the question they started with, but hey, there are other things like, lots of maps, short character bios, floor plans, newspaper advertisements, and plot lines.  There is a detailed family tree as well.

What you won’t find here

I kept a busy weblog for more than ten years, and that’s the place to go if you are looking for information about writing fiction. There are  multiple discussions of technical and craft issues (point-of-view, narrative voice, how to write sex scenes — a perennial favorite, etc.) That’s also where you’ll find posts about my own storytelling process, how I have dealt with writer’s block (or failed to deal with it); my experiences with the business end of publishing and also a series of autobiographical essays.  If we know each other through some academic connection, there are some posts about linguistics on the weblog, as well as links to some academic publications, also on the weblog, which you’ll find here.  The weblog is very old and creaky but full of information.  To give you a better idea of what you’ll find over there, here’s a subset of posts on the craft of writing fiction:

What I’m Writing Now

Currently I’m working on a novel that serves as a bridge between the Wilderness series and the Waverly Place series. More about Little Birds here.



New Mexico Territory, Santa Fe Trail


1Three additional novels were published under my legal name (Rosina Lippi). Homestead, mentioned above, is one of them. The other two are Tied to the Tracks and The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square. Both contemporary and set in the south.

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