With writing, we connect, we reach, we explore possibility; writing enlarges us so that we can contain continents and solar systems, discover other centuries and imagine other futures, or simply better understand what is now. When I work with students, I encourage them to find what is important to them in their work, and be true to it, to avoid compromise and trends and let the work create the writer, while the writer is creating the work. I am a novelist, journalist and writing instructor. My published novels include: The Sweet By and By -St. Martin’s Press; Dreams of Empire- Kensington Books; The Queen’s War-St. Martin’s Press; and The Frenchwoman-St. Martins’ Press. Most recently I published a trilogy of mysteries with New American Library, writing as Anna Maclean. My nonfiction books include: The Book of Love, editor, with Diane Ackerman, W.W. Norton, and The Cornell Book of Herbs, Cornell University. I’ve published short creative nonfiction and written feature articles for The New York Times, Americana, Fiberarts and other national publications. Working with Finger Lakes Productions, I helped develop, write and edit scripts for nationally broadcast radio programs including Nature Watch and the Ocean Report with Sylvia Earle; I am an applicant reviewer for several grant foundations. My awards include a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, Exceptional Achievement in News Writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C. a Wesleyan University Summer Program Scholarship in Creative Writing, and a faculty development grant from Goddard College. I am a member of the Author’s Guild and The Historical Novel Society. My website is www.historiesmysteries.net.