Lisa Potocar lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two cuddly keeshonds. Her passion for writing and research stems from her former work in healthcare administration and as a professor. When not tracking some morsel of history to shape into a story, she is a tomboy at heart who loves to hike and bike and has traveled the world to do it. Come chat with Lisa about the American Civil War or the craft of writing right here on Amazon or at her website & blog: lisapotocarauthor.com; FB Page: facebook.com/LisaPotocarAuthor; or Goodreads Author Page: goodreads.com/author/show/5779385.Lisa_Potocar.
Her debut novel, Sweet Glory, won First Place in the Young Adult category of the 2009 Maryland Writers' Association's and SouthWest Writers' Novel Contests. Additionally, it captured the Grand Prize in the 2013 Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (SCFEO) "TV ME!" contest and a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Readers' Favorite Choice Awards, and it advanced as a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough (YA) Novel Award.
Her second novel, Train to Glory (sequel to Sweet Glory) won First Place in the Children's Literature category in the 2016 Arizona Authors' Association's Published Novel Contest, and it was a Finalist in 2016 for both the Arizona Book of the Year and Chanticleer Books' Dante Rossetti Awards for YA Historical Fiction.
Home after having escaped the gallows for spying on the Confederacy, Jana Brady returns to Virginia in search of her soldier-sweetheart, Keeley Cassidy, who is missing from battle. She finds him suffering from amnesia, and she brings him to the Brady farm to recover. Months pass and Keeley’s inability to remember their love or fall in love with Jana all over again constantly frustrates Jana.
Reluctant to shed her riding trousers and fully submerse herself in her role as a growing woman, Jana Brady joins the Union army in the fight for her country. Hoping for Sweet Glory, she cuts her hair and disguises herself as a young cavalryman, eager to fight the Rebels, aided by Leanne Perham, another girl from town who has donned the Union blues.