Barbara Leibhardt Wester
Barbara Leibhardt Wester is an environmental lawyer and historian who works, writes, and quilts in northern Illinois, where she lives with her husband, two teen-aged sons, and a large Siberian husky. The Illuminatrix was, in part, inspired by her mother, who was, between 1950 and 1961, an artist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where, among other things, she spent countless hours painting and hand lettering large murals for the backgrounds of exhibit cases in the geology and paleontology departments.
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Sixteen-year-old Anne Quinn longs for adventure, but she is an apprentice Illuminatrix to the King of Deneresh for whom she keeps official records. Called Faeries' Child by the Grandmother who trained her in the skills of writing, Anne knows nothing of her parents and vows one day she'll uncover the truth of her past. But will she survive accusations of treason? Historical fantasy, YA and adult.
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