Social justice lies at the core of my writing. In my Martha Beale series of novels, I examine the chasm between rich and poor in the mid-nineteenth century. My biography of Saint Katharine Drexel is a natural next step for me as an author. “Think it; Desire it; Speak it, Act it.” was Mother Katharine’s credo. It has become my own.
History shapes us; how we adapt or rebel, are crushed or transcend is a matter of good or ill fortune, and relentless hope. My fictional Martha Beale is an iconoclast; Katharine Drexel embodied the word. She forged her own history. In Philadelphia, where she was raised, and where my historical novels are set, breaking the mold is cause for alarm. Katharine shattered it.
In the words of poet, Mary Oliver, from Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches: “Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”