My unconventional career since graduating from Bates College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy has helped inform my writing life. I learned wooden boat building at the Apprenticeship at the Maine Maritime Museum,  took care of and sailed Mayflower II, the replica of the historic Pilgrim ship, and have even held roles in feature films and television documentaries.

I have designed and built a number of watercraft including a 38’ reproduction 17th century shallop for the Pilgrim John Howland society. As Director of Massachusetts Bay Maritime Artisans, at the Jones River Landing in Kingston, Massachusetts, I taught boat building classes for adults and children and organized an annual maritime lecture series. I now split my time between historic home restoration and writing.

I have been a frequent lecturer and public speaker on Mayflower and maritime history and visit many schools and libraries throughout the country to talk to children about my work and the craft of writing.