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I write historical fiction and nonfiction. I began writing after retirement and started with a few stories of my grandmother’s family. I have always loved history, so it isn’t a surprise that it has become my niche. 

In 2014, I created a newspaper column, Reminisce, that ran weekly until the Western Itasca Review folded in 2018.  The Grand Rapids Herald-Review picked up Reminisce the following March and I have written a bi-monthly column since then.  Reminisce focuses primarily on unique people and places and situations of Itasca County between 1890-1930.

After several years of research on the murder of my third great-grandfather William Thomas Boxell, I realized that though a book about the murder and trial needed to be written, I first had to learn how to write creatively. I began taking online writing classes, and in 2019 I finished the historical fiction novel, What Amelia Knows. It is based on the Boxell family murder and I am awaiting the results of several contests before I pursue querying it to Indie publishers.

I live on the edge of a small lake near Deer River, MN with my husband, a dog and a cat.  Besides writing, I spend time traipsing the woodland trails with my young grandson, gardening, and reflecting on the wonders of every single day.

Christine Marcotte