I am fascinated by scrappy women caught up in extraordinary times.
In June 2020, I published Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War. For her work as a physician with the Union during the war, Walker became the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Her wartime exploits were astonishing enough, but she was a lifelong advocate of women’s rights who tirelessly promoted dress reform (she always wore a Bloomer costume) and suffrage.
Before Mary Walker, I wrote a trilogy of nonfiction books about American women in the Philippines.
The first, Prisoners in Paradise: American Women in the Wartime South Pacific, reveals what happened to American women living in the Pacific theater as the Japanese occupied that territory during World War II.
The follow-up, Citizen of Empire: Ethel Thomas Herold, an American in the Philippines, provides an in depth look at an ordinary American woman from a small town in southwestern Wisconsin who embraced the goals of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines. She spent most of her adult life there, including over three years as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.
The last, Angels of the Underground, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Here I am, talking about it on C-SPAN.
Also under contract is a biography–the first ever–of the multi-talented entertainer, Dale Evans.
I am retired from full-time professoring at a midwestern state university. After a brief stint in the rolling hills of the Troll Capital of the World, I settled in the flatlands of central Wisconsin, in a sensible ranch home affectionately known as Southfork, where I research and write full-time.
I have a wonderful husband, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson.
Jacqueline Flynn at Joëlle Delbourgo Associates is my (very patient) literary agent.
Sam Clark and Marta Rusten provide technical support for all of my computer issues, and they were essential to the creation of this site.
I am a big fan of narrative nonfiction. Come join my Facebook discussion group Nonfiction Fans, which I co-moderate with the fabulous Pamela Toler. I also read a lot of historical fiction, and I enjoy an odd variety of t.v. shows and going out to the movies.
Questions? Comments? Want to know why I’m called the nonfiction fairy godmother? I’d love to hear from you. Follow me on Twitter @KaminskiTheresa and/or contact me at misstk23[at]gmail[dot]com