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Gettysburg Diaries: Georgeanna Woolsey's "Friendly Enemies"

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 07, 2015 in Civil War History | 0 Comments

Today in 1863, Gettysburg began to experience a second invasion. The armies had withdrawn on July 4, and now it was time to pick up the pieces of shattered homes--and bodies. Last week I shared the perspectives of housewife Sarah Broadhead and of teenager Tillie Pierce. Today I'd like to share from the perspective of Sanitary Commission nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book,...

Gettysburg Diaries: Tillie Pierce's Field for Profound Thought

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 02, 2015 in Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

Today in 1863, Gettysburg shuddered beneath its second day of battle. Yesterday, I shared housewife Sarah Broadhead's perspective of hiding in the cellar during the July 1 fighting. Today, it's teenaged Tillie Pierce's turn in the spotlight. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front:

A Field for Profound Thought

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Gettysburg Diaries: Sarah Broadhead's Suspense in the Cellar

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 01, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

On this day in 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, shed its small town tranquility as the most famous battle in the entire Civil War began. For three days, war would rage in fields and orchards, with farmers and townspeople alike caught in the crosshairs. Today I'd like to share with you one woman's perspective. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home...

My Hurting Son, Nurses in Denial, and a Message for Those in Pain

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 29, 2015 in | 21 Comments

Last week, I took my six-year-old son in to have his cast removed and replaced with a new one for the final three weeks of his healing. I didn't think it would hurt. Boy, was I wrong. Between the old cast and the new cast, they x-rayed his arm to make sure the bones were still in good alignment. (They are.) They wouldn't let me in the room, so I don't know what happened in there exactly, but when he came out, he was white as a sheet, as white as he was when he first broke his arm. He told me the way they...

3 Heroines of Gettysburg

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 22, 2015 in Civil War History | 2 Comments

Both Hollywood and history books tell stories of valor from the battle of Gettysburg. But...

Broken Bones, a Stranger in a Wheelchair, and the Power of Scars

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 15, 2015 in Journal | 10 Comments

The kids and I wanted to do something really memorable for the last day of school a couple of weeks ago. Mission accomplished: my 6-year-old son broke his arm when  he jumped out of a swing and landed wrong. Poor little guy! I think his fear was as difficult to bear as the pain. He kept saying, "I don't want to be broken!" It took some time to assure him (and his big sister) that in time, he would heal.

For the next several days, my shy little boy bristled every time we went to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc., because strangers would notice his sling and come talk to him about it...

9 Must-See Sites of Gettysburg (Plus 7 Spots for R&R!)

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 08, 2015 in Travel Guides | 4 Comments

This year Gettysburg was named the #1 Family Historic Vacation Site! Congratulations, Gettysburg, and I couldn't agree more! This town is one of my favorite spots on earth. I've visited to research for my novel Widow of Gettysburg, and then my husband and I went in 2013 for the 150th anniversary of the battle (and to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary!).

Grill Your Characters: 7 Questions to Make Your Plot Sizzle

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 05, 2015 in Writing | 4 Comments

I love summer! For three or four months out of the year, our family grills and eats outside whenever possible, until cold weather puts an end to it all.

But when it comes to writing fiction, grilling is always in season, and it’s guaranteed to add a depth of flavor to your characters and a sizzle to your plot. Let me explain. You may have heard it’s a good idea to interview your characters before you write your story. I say grill ‘em. Turn up the heat and make them sweat. In addition to getting their basic bio information and physical description down, you’ll want to dig...

We All Need Backup Singers

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 03, 2015 in Journal | 12 Comments

This is a picture I didn't know was being taken. What do you mean, you can tell? ;) My dad had asked my daughter what "that famous Frozen song that everyone is groaning about" is. So we popped in the Frozen soundtrack and my daughter began singing along to "Let It Go." I thought Dad was taking a picture just of her, but clearly, he captured me, her dish-wiping-but-ever-so-sincere backup singer, as well. I'm actually OK with this. In the future, when we look back together on my kids' growing up years, and notice that Mom isn't in all that many pictures (because normally I'...

My Two Secrets

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 01, 2015 in Journal | 6 Comments

*Pssst...if this looks familiar to you, don't worry. I'm not a chronic secret-keeper. This post originally appeared on author Susie Finkbeiner's blog on April 29, but I figured I should also share it with my own peeps. So here you go:

When I began writing Spy of Richmond, I had no idea I’d learn for myself what it meant to keep a...

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