“I was brought up in a family which had to have its afternoon tea though the heavens fell.” There Is Always Love Emilie Loring’s five-times-great-grandfather, Richard Baker, arrived in Boston aboard the ship “Bachelor” in 1635. He was from Kent, where tea was a principal import but so expensive that nearly two-thirds of the local … More Tea, Though the Heavens Fell
Long before I knew Emilie Loring’s history, I was in love with Victoriana. I should explain what I mean about that. I was raised in Arizona, a desert kid in a region known for brilliant color in its rocks, sunsets, and the Mexican decorating influences everywhere. This was my bedroom wallpaper. Don’t judge. I … More Victorian Sensibilities and Discovering Emilie Loring
Did you know that there are illustrated versions of Emilie Loring’s novels? If you have only read the hardbacks or paperbacks, you’ve missed out. Except for the one, frontispiece illustration from The Trail of Conflict, those only have cover art. But there were other printings–many, in fact–and they were illustrated! In the 1930s, Penn Publishers signed … More Illustrated Emilie Loring Novels!
Do you remember a TV game show called “To Tell the Truth?” Each night, contestants claimed to be a person whose profile was read at the start of the show. A panel of celebrities questioned the contestants to figure out who was really the profiled person and who was an imposter. I found myself in … More To Tell the Truth: “I am Judge William G. McAdoo”
It was 1928, before the stock market crash, when people still had jewels to lose. Emilie Loring’s publisher, Penn, announced a Prize Play competition. All plays had to have three acts and be well adapted to an amateur cast. At first, she didn’t bite. She was still writing The Solitary Horseman, and when she turned that in … More “My Pearls! Where are my pearls?!”
He was a successful, Hollywood writer for twenty years. What made him stop? … More Melville, the Youngest Baker
Before you are a moment older, think about what you have that holds someone’s story. … More Part II: The Histories We Keep, the Stories We Share