History Sparks. My writing genre is primarily historical fiction and non-fiction and largely centers on western Canadian and United States themes of migration west of the Mississippi. Railroads are a particular passion, but I have also written about ships, planes and early automobile travel, always intertwined with how these innovations fit in time and place with the cultural growth and changing landscape. I lean toward, but am not restricted to, themes set in 1855 (railroad surveys) to 1930s (increase in airplane and automobile travel). Among my many projects, I worked as a researcher for NY playwright Barrie Stavis, one of the highlights of my collaborative research writing career. My work is featured in several historical quarterlies, magazines, and the book Women in the American Civil War, by Lisa Tendrich Frank, pub. 2007.