Welcome to my new blog

Hello, my dear friends,

I’ve decided to write a Blog! It’s going to be an intimate glimpse into my life as a woman writer. Sometimes it will include short stories or articles that are too long for my newsletter or Facebook posts. It won’t be in any special order, because the mind of a writer is an effervescent chaos of ideas. It won’t always be the same length. Sometimes there will be lots of photos. I hope you enjoy them!

Love, Nancy

The Island House


What inspires my writing?

Sometimes, my memory–and my diary, which I kept from the time I was 17.

I dated this slightly older, very handsome, and much taller man when I was 18.  He was a cowboy/football coach, and the nicest man in the world.  (I hadn’t met Charley yet.)

He was the inspiration for the Kansas cowboy Monty Blackhorse in The Island House.

Cover jpeg - Island House

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I had a horse. This old photo of me with my horse one winter long ago helped me create Courtney, the Kansas girl who loves a cowboy.


Courtney comes to Nantucket, just as I did, and. . .well, she finds all kinds of love.


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Indie Bound


I had a really good idea for a novel. What if a lovely divorced woman with a little girl marries a lovely divorced man with a little boy, and everyone’s happy until the children become teenagers. (I accidentally typed teenangers, which is sort of relevant.)



What if the girl accuses the boy of a terrible deed and the boy denies doing it? Who does the woman believe, her daughter or her stepson? Who does the man believe, his son or his stepdaughter? How does the family manage to stay together—or does it?

Phyllis Levy of Good Housekeeping, said about An Act of Love, “I just couldn’t put it down. It has the pull of a good suspense story; you really care about the characters. I couldn’t guess who was telling the truth.”


Writing this book was more difficult than I had dreamed it would be. I think I look sad in my cover photo.  I was sad.  When I write a novel, I’m living in that fictional world, and it can tie my stomach in knots. I admire the writers—Chris Bojalian, Jodie Picoult, Kristen Hannah, for example–who deal with the tough subjects and help us deal with the tough subjects.







In Between Husbands and Friends, I explored the secrets we tell our husbands, our friends, and ourselves.


Nantucket summers, so sensual, sunny, and carefree, inspired this book, just as a certain Nantucket summer inspired Lucy West to make a delicious mistake that leads to a multitude of complications.  Secrets like this take place in every country, so it seems.


I wonder: have you ever had secrets you tell your husband but wouldn’t tell your best friend?


Have you ever had secrets you tell your best friend but won’t tell your husband?


The ereader cover of this book looks so mild, so domestic.  But what does it mean that there are 3 pitchers there, instead of 4?




I think it takes a while for anyone who moves to a strange new town to feel as if they belong.

For me, my moment came when I joined the Board of Trustees of our island library, the Nantucket Atheneum. No matter where I travel, when I walk into a library, I smile with pleasure: I’m home. This is where I belong.


In my novel Belonging, Joanna Jones moves to Nantucket because she’s running away from her life in New York City, and she’s pregnant with a married man’s child. I had fun with this novel. I gave Joanna an old sea captain’s home where treasure was rumored to be buried in the ground beneath it. And treasure is rumored to be buried somewhere beneath a Nantucket house.


I was thrilled with the article our newspaper, the Inquirer-Mirror did on my book signing at Mitchell’s Book Corner.


The Weezie Library for Children

It was an honor to be included in the Commemorative Review published for the dedication of the restored Atheneum. Most of all, I was profoundly happy to be part of the organization that made my second home become a second home for everyone.


The cover of the ereader of Belonging