Blythe Forcey Toussaint
I have published Year of Disunion: A Novel of the Dawn of the American Civil War. (Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.) This novel tracks the life of a family in 1861 as the Civil War begins. I have studied 19th Century American history and culture for many years, including a 1992 PhD in 19th Century American Literature from the U Colorado at Boulder. My academic career included several years as faculty at NC State University and some visiting assignments at the University of North Carolina. I chose to leave academe for industry over fifteen years ago, and have built a career around marketing, training, and business writing. I founded my own consulting company and now balance my time between consulting and fiction writing. I have just finished another novel, set in 1811, that includes some magical realism. The memory of my grandmother, Anya Seton, inspires me to keep writing.