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America’s Youngest Prisoner of War in World War II

My newest novel, Prisoner of War, is on sale now. It is another based on a true story, of a young boy who joined the service in 1941 at the age of 15. His home life was not so good. But he was big for his age and in those days, if you could get … Continue reading America’s Youngest Prisoner of War in World War II

Five Surprising Facts About The U.S.S. Indianapolis

1) The USS Indianapolis was a Portland Class heavy cruiser. When it was first commissioned in 1932, it was referred to as the ‘jewel of the fleet.’ It was the ship President Franklin Roosevelt sailed on during his goodwill trip to South America. During World War II, Admiral Raymond Spruance often used it as his … Continue reading Five Surprising Facts About The U.S.S. Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis a ship and a crew like no other.

Obviously, they are old men now. All of them, these crewman of the USS Indianapolis, admit that they treat each day like a precious gift. Some of them are stooped and walk with a cane. Or a hand placed gently on the arm of a doting family member. Some resort to wheelchairs when the day … Continue reading The USS Indianapolis a ship and a crew like no other.

The USS Indianapolis and Writing About History for Kids

Writers are asked all the time ‘what inspired you to write this book?’ Into the Killing Seas, my newest novel, is told through the eyes of a young boy who, along with his brother, stows away about the USS Indianapolis. Almost two days out of port, the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Two … Continue reading The USS Indianapolis and Writing About History for Kids

5 Things You Might Not Know About Sharks!

It’s the hap-happiest season of all! No I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. It’s must see TV! While researching my new novel Into the Killing Seas I needed to learn about shark behavior. Into the Killing Seas tells the story of two boys, Patrick and Teddy O’Donnell who stow away … Continue reading 5 Things You Might Not Know About Sharks!