Is a principled life more valuable than a billion-dollar inheritance?

Hoping for an emotional reset, an intrepid young widow leaves her New York City penthouse for a neglected Wyoming homestead with a hidden legacy of lawlessness, suffocating family ties, and scandal.

Legacies, a novel in progress

About Susan

Susan is a storyteller and poet, a lover of this planet and the people who share it with her. She is inspired by the unity of the human condition and the way our vastly different desires have the power to bring us together. Fascinated by history, she haunts flea markets and antique stores, seeking to resurrect the best parts of bygone days.

Susan works in a restored railroad depot in a small Colorado town, managing construction projects with her husband, Scott. Fascinated with history and inspired by lore passed to her by a family of outspoken and idealistic personages, Susan loves stories that shed light on historical accomplishments and throwback eras. Most often, you will find her writing about everyday people of character.

Pushing the Pendulum

A Civil War-era lady follows her suitor to a prestigious all-male engineering college, where she proves her mettle as an inventor, a lover, and a crusader for human rights.

A work in progress

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Julia Ward Howe

Compiling articles about people of everyday character, Julia Ward Howe earned her place throughout her life. Born in New York, on May 27, 1819, Mrs. Howe is most well-known for writing the most famous patriotic anthem of the Civil War. She recounts in her Reminiscences, “how many times I have been called upon to rehearse the circumstances under which I wrote the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic.’” [Rem.] “Dear me,” said Mrs. Howe, as she rose to her feet after being introduced to an audience in a most flattering way by an enthusiastic presiding officer; “it is lucky my name…

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Inger, Christian, and D Hensel. Philadelphia,: Chromatic View. [Philadelphia: D. Hensel, 1876] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.