Writing and Books

The Story behind My Writing

I grew up in the Midwest, the setting for my fiction, and I draw inspiration for my novels from my grandparents’ childhoods and high school yearbooks (1945–1948). My great uncle, a well-known harness horseman, raced Standarbreds, which is perhaps why my love for horses shines through in my novels.

My Books and Characters

WWII is fascinating on many levels, and not just the war. The American home front holds so many untouched story gems because of the efforts to aid the war, and also those small-town stories that never circulated far but still captivate and entertain the heart.

My historical fiction explores social and cultural history during the world wars on the American home front, exploring frayed relationships and broken dreams with the determination to rescue both. But not without a bit of romance, mystery, and humor, though, for life must capture these elements to sustain us.

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My author newsletter is really a conversation with you, my reader. I would be honored if you would follow me on my journey to publication by signing up for my quarterly newsletter. You’ll receive an award-winning WWII story just for signing up.

With each newsletter, I’ll possibly share

  • book/writing news
  • wartime recipes
  • small-town history
  • small-town photos
  • books I’m reading
  • a trivia question to answer
  • a bookish giveaway or Amazon gift card

Please join in the journey and the conversation here: Historical Fiction Author Newsletter.

Nonfiction Essays

Contributor for The Horse of My Dreams: True Stories of the Horses We Love, available from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

horses, true stories, Revell, Callie Smith Grant, nonfiction essays

My contribution “The Meaning of an Heirloom” explores the treasures that we leave behind come in intangible form, the love we share betweeen our pets and families.

Buy Links: Baker Book House or Amazon.

How to Keep in Touch

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attractive young man high school 1940s yearbook photo Tisha Martin author editor
My grandfather who inspired me to write.
Thika, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Sister, the mustang Paint, one of the horses I trained. Never have I found a more loyal friend than the mustang.