Rosemary McKinley is a history buff who wanted to present history in an entertaining and informative way. She had an essay published by the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island. Several poems were published in Lucidity, LI Sounds, Clarity, canvasli.com, Examination Anthology, the Wormwood Press and the Poets’ Arts. In addition, she has had articles published in the Peconic Bay Shopper, Fate Magazine, Patchwork Path, Whispering Angel Books and Newsday. Two short stories are available on Smashwords, as well as an interview.
In 2009, 101 Glimpses of the North Fork and Islands was published by History Press. Her Y/A historical novella, The Wampum Exchange, was published in 2012. Captain Henry Green, a whaler came out in 2017. It gives an overview of whaling in the 1800 through the eyes of Henry Green who lived in Sag Harbor, New York.
Recently, her work has been included in two anthologies: Writing After Retirement, edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer and Miracles and Extraordinary Blessings, edited by Lynn C. Johnston.
The author has been giving book presentations in costume in local libraries, schools and historical societies, and museums.
She had a book signing on Feb. 6 at the Suffolk County Historical Society with Professor John Strong, speaking on the topic of Native Americans on Long Island.