Rosemary McKinley

Biography

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.
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.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I submitted a story to my college newspaper contrasting the elegant Lincoln Center with the surrounding poor neighborhoods. The editor liked it but did not choose to publish it. I was not happy about it but I knew I had to focus my writing on essays and term papers to complete my under graduate degree.
What is your writing process?
I like to write every morning because I am alert. I usually check my emails for anything related to submissions first. Then I check to see if I have a piece that would fit the request. Next I edit and re-edit the work to produce the best possible writing I can complete.
Sometimes, I write after dinner if I have ideas swirling in my mind and I want to get them down before I forget them. That works for me.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rosemary McKinley online


Books

Libby's Choice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
This story centers on the life of a poor, teenage girl living in New York City circa 1905. Her city is bustling with construction as well as many newcomers. Libby lives with her mother and works in a textile factory. A friend of the family becomes interested in her and she has to make the most important decision of her young life.
The Chinese House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
This short story gives us a glimpse of life in the 1950's in a small town on Long Island, New York. Rumors abound about an unusual family but it takes some investigating by a young girl to finally put these to rest.

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