I write about fascinating, scrappy women caught up in extraordinary times. I have been researching and writing about them for more than 20 years, including a trilogy of nonfiction books about American women in the Philippines.
The latest is Angels of the Underground, published by Oxford University Press in December 2015. Here I am, talking about it on C-SPAN.
The trio kicked off with Prisoners in Paradise: American Women in the Wartime South Pacific, which 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.
I am currently working on two new projects, both already under contract. The first is a biography of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The second is a biography of the multi-talented entertainer, Dale Evans.
I recently retired from full-time professoring at a midwestern state university. Now I research and write full-time from my home base in the Troll Capital of the World.
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