Other Published Writing by Sherie Fox Schmauder

Durango Silverton narrow guage train2004: Contributed memoir, Gifts of Heritage: Pioneer Portraits, edited by Donna Scott and ZoeAnn Shaub, published by Twin Falls Centennial Commission 2004.

1997: “Pulling Out of the Fatal Spin,” short story, published in US 1 Worksheets, Princeton, NJ.

1995, Oct.: “FAA Flight Exam: Keep Talking and Don’t Give Up Too Soon,” article, AOPA Pilot Magazine.

1995, Nov.: “My Life Took Off When I Learned To Fly,” Morristown Daily Record, New Jersey.

1995: “Flight of the Yellow Cat,” short story, Catz Magazine

1995: 4th edition of Notable New Jersey Restaurants, published by J. J. Fox Publications, Bedminster, NJ.

1993: “Solo Flight,” short story, published in US 1 Worksheets, Princeton, NJ.

1990: Contributed two biographical entries, Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women, ed. Women’s Project of New Jersey Inc., published by The Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, NJ and London.

1989: Food in Our Memories: Sweets and Other Recipes From the Past, published by J. J. Fox Publications, Bedminster, NJ.

1980s-1990s: Various travel articles for The Bernardsville News, Bernardsville, NJ.

1990s-present: Various book reviews for The Recorder Publishing Company, Stirling, NJ.

1980s-2000: Various restaurant reviews for The Recorder Publishing Company, Stirling, NJ.

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Unpublished Books

Honoria Pembrook is a historical romantic saga set during the Napoleonic wars in 1805-7 in London, on the high seas, and in the Sydney Bay penal colony. It is a story of love, betrayal, and a woman’s struggle to survive under brutal conditions.

The book opens with an inert body being brought to the deck of a British transport carrying felons to the penal colony in Sydney Bay in New South Wales. We learn that Honoria has been falsely accused of the theft of jewels by her stepfather, who is a spy for France. Honoria’s betrothed, Captain Nathaniel Drake of the British navy, tries to discover her whereabouts, though bound to his frigate in the war against Napoleon. Honoria’s journey is fraught with pain and more betrayal, and her life in the penal colony is harsh. She vows to return to England for revenge, though she knows Nathaniel Drake will never want to marry a convicted felon and ruined woman.

Colorado mountain snowMassacre of Dreams: A Tale of the First Two White Women Who Crossed the Rockies, is a novel of Eliza Hart Spalding and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, missionary wives. They travel to the West with their husbands in 1836, before a wagon trail to Oregon exists. On their harsh journey with traders, Eliza almost dies. But she lives to become the beloved Woman of God to the Nez Perces. After eleven grueling years in the wilderness, Narcissa dies in a massacre that takes the lives of thirteen, including her husband, Dr. Marcus Whitman. Their missions become the first outposts of what will become the American Oregon Territory instead of British soil.

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On Historical Writing

The past is never gone: it merely recedes from today, and it adds a dimension to today that otherwise would be lacking. I write to bring it to your attention again. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That bodes ill for humanity.

—Sherie Fox Schmauder

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Recommended Reading

On Writing

John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist

Rust Hills, Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

George Plimpton, The Writer’s Chapbook: A compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice from the 20th Century’s Preeminent Writers

Dannye Romine Powell, Parting the Curtains: Voices of the Great Southern Writers

Eudora Welty, The Eye of the Story

Historical Novels

Jane Austin, of course

Patrick O’Brian, the 20 Aubrey/Maturin novels

Charles Dickens

Isabel Allende, Daughter of Fortune

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Barbara Cleverly, mysteries set in India in the time of the Raj, 1920s

Bernard Cornwell

C. S. Forester, The African Queen

Colleen McCullough

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Ellis Peters, the Brother Cadfael Chronicles

Anne Perry, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries (Victorian England), and William Monk mysteries

Nevil Shute, Australian books

Arthur Upfield, Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte mysteries, also Australia