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Karen Vorbeck Williams
I began writing as a girl--short stories, poems, and little essays on my beliefs. As a wife and mother I was so busy I had to write poems--they were short.In the 70s, when our family moved to seven acres of land in Southeastern Massachusetts, into a farmhouse built in 1710, I wanted to learn more... show more

I began writing as a girl--short stories, poems, and little essays on my beliefs. As a wife and mother I was so busy I had to write poems--they were short.In the 70s, when our family moved to seven acres of land in Southeastern Massachusetts, into a farmhouse built in 1710, I wanted to learn more about how the people who first settled the land actually lived. As we restored the old rooms and removed the paint from the wide pine board floors, I realized that our house had been built before my 11th great grandmother Mary Bliss Parsons (1625?-1712) had died. She had lived in Northampton, MA, probably in a house quite similar to ours. It was there that she was accused of witchcraft. Northampton was about a two hour drive from us. Gradually I began to research her life and found an amazing story. The result was the historical novel "My Enemy's Tears: The Witch of Northampton."My second book "The House on Seventh Street" was inspired by the Nancy Drew Mysteries I loved as a girl. The book is set in the town where I was born and is based on a number of memories from my youth as well as family stories and myths. I was writing fiction which gave me the liberty to exaggerate these stories and tell whopping lies if that would improve the plot or deepen the characters' motivations.On the personal side, I am a widow and grandmother, an avid amateur photographer, and master gardener. At the moment I'm working on my third novel--again historical fiction set in 17th century New England--and a book of short stories. Learn more at: https://www.karenvorbeckwilliams.comFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karenvorbeckwilliams
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meeplemaiden
meeplemaiden rated it 2 years ago
This is the story of Mary Bliss Parsons, a young girl who moved from England to Massachusetts with her family in the early part of the 17th. century. The book is based on true events in the author's family history and follows an all-too familiar pattern of life as an outsider in a puritan society. M...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it 4 years ago
Winna has come back to her old hometown the sole heir after the death of her father of an 80 year old estate. Unaware of the many secrets that are hidden about her family that are hidden in this estate. Along with many riches. With several attempts on her life, several break ins into the estate, an ...
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