April 6, 2014 -
Hill entered the world of writing at age 11, producing “Peggy’s
Troubles” for her sixth grade classmates.
in Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia,
she found that although she could write and loved doing it, there was,
as yet, nothing to say. She needed more experience in the “real world”
and so moved on to marriage and a partnership with her husband that
included building houses on Cape Cod.
children, coming home from elementary school, brought much enthusiasm
for the upcoming bi-centennial, and Hill became interested in both
American history and the
experiences of her husband’s ancestor, a mariner whose memoir described
the young nation’s struggles with France and England after the
Revolution. Ah-ah! Now there was something to write about!
published “This is the House” in 1975, “The House of Kingsley Merrick”
in 1978, and “Kingsland” a few years later. Now all three will be issued
under the series title “Kingsland,” with the third volume renamed “The
Heir.” With the help of both computer and internet, neither of which
were available 35 years ago, all three have been edited and in some
cases rewritten. The memoir has been edited, too, and is available
wherever This is the House is
sold. The House of Kingsley
Merrick will be available summer
2013 and The Heir summer