On Election Day, I’ve moved on to the penultimate chapter of my biography of Dale Evans. It’s going to be a real struggle to finish it by the end of the year. I always have trouble with deadlines because I can never convince myself a manuscript is quite ready. But I have to let it go at some point.
So I bought myself a treat yesterday, just a little something to keep me moving forward.
Recently I had the opportunity to talk with author Stephanie Storey about Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War. Stephanie writes gorgeous historical thrillers set in the art world.
She also likes to give other writers a boost with promoting their books. When the coronavirus hit, Stephanie, who produced national talk shows like Arsenio Hall, put that professional experience into launching a YouTube book talk show. Now, instead of heading out to your favorite bookstore to hear about a new book, you can settle into Storey Time on YouTube and listen to some fabulous conversations.
Here I am with Stephanie, talking about Mary Walker and about writing. I hope you take the time to watch. Then check out Stephanie’s books, too.
It was great to talk to Nick, who asked very insightful questions. Ironically, Dr. Walker may have objected to the tavern connection. She had strong opinions about everything, including the value of temperance.
You can listen to the interview here. And be sure to check out the rest of Nick’s interviews.
In the meantime, I’m contemplating what a History Tavern would look like.
(Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center)
(George and I.R. Cruikshank, “Tom & Jerry taking Blue Ruin after the Spell is broke up” 1820, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne)
Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War launched on June 1. Thanks again to everyone who followed along on the Walker Wednesdays and to all of you who ordered the book or plan to do so.
Dr. Walker has been in the news recently, not a typical thing for someone who died in 1919. (It’s interesting to contemplate that she lived through the 1918 pandemic.) Over the last week or so, her name came up in connection with discussions about renaming military bases. (Some are named for Confederates.) Walker is certainly a long shot, but as the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, it’s appropriate to consider honoring her this way.
(Library of Congress)
I’ve been booking virtual events about Mary Walker. I add them to the News and Events section on this blog as the details are firmed up, and I post reminders on Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully, you will find something to watch and/or listen to.
If you’d like to help spread the word about the book (and please, please, please do! this is so very important!), post a review of it on any and all book sites. In terms of real oomph for boosting the book’s profile, the more reviews on Amazon and Good Reads, the better. Otherwise, Mary Walker will end up like this:
It has been wonderful spending these past Wednesdays introducing you to Mary Walker. I hope you found the teasers enticing enough to read the book.
Epilogue: The Medal of Honor Restored
A somebody in her lifetime, Mary Walker was not forgotten after she died.
Though Mary Walker was stripped of her Medal of Honor (along with many others), she refused to acknowledge that and continued to wear the decoration throughout her life. Not long after she died, a quiet campaign began to have the medal restored. In the Epilogue, I show how timing was instrumental to that success.
I’ll resume this blog feature for my forthcoming biography of Dale Evans. It will re-emerge as Queen of the West Wednesdays. (I’ll let you know when it’s time to saddle up!)
Until then, I’ll continue posting about other interesting women in American history and about my reading adventures.