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April 6, 2014 - Lisa Haselton

Deborah Hill entered the world of writing at age 11, producing “Peggy’s Troubles” for her sixth grade classmates.

Majoring 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.

Their 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!

Hill 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 of 2014.


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