In addition to the 3 luminaries I mentioned in my last post: Hallie Flanagan, Frank Shay and Romany Marie Marchand- there are a number of others that might intrigue you.

In my recently published story, Becoming a Woman of Substance, I include a scene about a woman whom I discovered in Memphis TN in the 1930s. After her glorious but short-lived job with Hallie Flanagan and the Federal Theatre Project during the Great Depression, Miriam, my protagonist, gets a job with a newspaper in New York where she enjoys the challenge of being a muckraker. She is to interview people who’ve been victim to the baby snatching of a woman named Georgia Tann.

She was accused of stealing 5000+ babies and selling them on the black market. They were white babies who were often sold to well-heeled couples desperately seeking white infants to adopt.

Miriam interviewed her, posing as a woman who wanted to adopt. She also studied the local newspapers for clues to finding a (fictionalized) woman or couple whose baby had been stolen from the hospital newborn unit. It is a poignant story and Miriam hopes to be able to help her by enlisting her new boss, owner of the newspaper, to help the poor woman get legal help to bring Tann to justice.

There are books written about Georgia Tann, difficult to read and absorb, especially for a woman, I’d imagine. How could this notorious woman have committed this atrocity for so many years, undiscovered until too late for so many parents?

This and many other scenes in my 2 historical novels depict real people in history. I’ve had a grand time researching who they were in real life, how they affected others, and figuring out how to bring them to life in fiction.

I hope you’ll get a copy of Becoming a Woman of Substance and its prequel, Beguiled, to find out about more about the fascinating real people from history who populate these stories.

They’re both available in PB, ebook, and audio both through Amazon and Books2Read.com (for ebook readers other than Kindle. The narrators for each book’s audio version are incredible: for Beguiled, Paige Allison and for Becoming, Michelle Morgan.