Welcome to my website. Please make yourself at home and explore. You can learn fun facts about the 19th century, read excerpts and extra writings, sign up for my free newsletter, and learn new skills. For example, do you know how to fold a Prince of Wales napkin? I’ll show you how!
At 5 feet tall, strangers must think I’m travel size because I’m sometimes stopped in the Southwest Airlines aisle and asked to take the middle seat. I actually said yes once and spent the entire 4-hour trip without an armrest. Discomfort aside, I enjoy traveling and guided tours where I learn fascinating tidbits to put in my books.
When I’m not traveling (or working), you’ll find me solving whodunit mystery puzzles. The clever clues and plot twists are great for my own writing. Tip: The poison is in the ice cube. I also love to bake, and my husband and I have a goofy 85-pound Yellow Labrador Retriever. Along with 200,000 women in the U.S., I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2009. Thankfully, my path to recovery was short, and I’m cancer-free. The journey was helped by caring family and friends who wrote me letters, so I started a charity called Girls Love Mail. Just be careful, Girls Love Male is something different altogether.
Of course I love to write. I’ve been writing for 20 years. When asked what I like most about writing, I should say it’s the quality finished product. In truth, I kind of like being the boss. In the real world I’m asked to take the middle seat. As a writer, characters play, argue, dream, and fall in love at my command. It’s not a bad way to pass the time. In delving into the Gilded Age for my first novel, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed doing research. You can learn about the late 1800’s under Extras.
I could ramble on but your time is precious and the goal of this website is to give you useful and fascinating morsels about the Victorian era and dazzle you with free short stories. If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you. It’s lonely being the boss. And if you’d like to receive my latest short story, please sign-up today for my newsletter.
As they said in the Gilded Age, “thank you for stopping by and leaving your calling card.” Check back often for new information, contests, and fun facts. And don’t forget to wow your friends with your napkin folding.
Gina L. Mulligan
P.S. – I live in Northern California but pine for my hometown of San Diego when the temperature in Sacramento County hits 110 “dry heat” degrees.