Historical fiction is not written in isolation. In my case, The Gates of Eden was nurtured along by a wide circle of generous and talented editors, readers, scholars and archivists. I am immensely grateful to them, and grateful for the resources provided by museums, libraries and historical groups. Thank you!

  • Jane Parnell
  • Joyce Cherry Cresswell, Oregon Book Award Winner
  • Susie Allen
  • Karen Bartlett
  • Jan Bear
  • Katherine Daniels
  • Phyllis Hall
  • Jo Hockenhull
  • Jodi Kilcup
  • Mady Kimmich
  • Kate McWiggins
  • Barbara Curtin Miles
  • Tara Robinson
  • Sue Sanborn
  • Robyn Shelby
  • Jan Taylor
  • Richard Yates
  • Jo Hockenhull, Emerita Professor, Washington State University; co-editor of Frontiers, a journal about women on the western frontier
  • Sue Armitage, Emerita Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Washington State University; co-editor of three collections about women on the Western frontier and editor of Frontiers
  • Lucy McIver, elder woman of Choctaw descent
  • Susan Wallace Masse, Marion County Historical Society
  • Claire Bolyard, Oregon State Library
  • Jey Wann, Oregon State Library
  • Holly Miles, Willamette Heritage Center
  • Bill Perin, Willamette Heritage Center
  • Volunteers and engineers with the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
  • J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, University of Utah
  • Oregon State Library
  • Utah State Historical Society
  • Google Books (
Museums/Historical Societies
  • Willamette Heritage Center
  • This is the Place Heritage Park
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
  • Old Aurora Colony Museum
  • Polk County Historical Society and Museum
Cover Design
  • Jennifer Quinlan, Historical Fiction Book Covers
Writers Associations
  • Historical Novel Society
  • Willamette Writers
And …
  • Flicker, a gentle and beautiful horse who allowed me to ride him as part of my research

Learn more about the authors and scholars who have devoted themselves to keeping alive the history of the Mormon pioneers.