Writing and Books

The Story behind My Writing

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

My Books and Characters

WWII is fascinating on many levels, and it’s not just about the war. The American home front holds many untouched  gems, 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. You’ll see sprinklings of humor, mystery, and romance too for that bit of spice.

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  • 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

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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 between our pets and families.

Buy Links: Baker Book House or Amazon.




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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.