A Sparkling Vintage Life



My debut novel. You’re the Cream in My Coffee, is inspirational historical fiction set in 1920s Chicago. The story follows the adventures of intrepid Marjorie Corrigan, who is happily engaged (well . . . engaged, anyway) to a rising star of a physician when she thinks she sees her former fiance, believed killed in the Great War, standing alive and well in a train station. The sequel, Ain’t Misbehavin’, will be coming out in March 2018 from Smitten Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Never one to run from a challenge, Marjorie maintains her own blog! Read what she has to say about her era and ours at Marjorie Corrigan’s Jazz Age Journal.

Other works-in-progress include a dual-time-period novel set in Chicago in 1915 and 1944 and a Depression-era novel of a spoiled socialite who learns what really matters when the rug gets pulled out from under her fancy feet. Check back for occasional updates on those projects.

Short Stories

It turns out I have more “Marjorie Corrigan” stories than would fit in the novel, so I’ve published them as short stories. A holiday-themed story, “The Christmas Robe,” and a springtime story, “Trouble Brewing,” are available on Amazon. A third story, “Playing for Keeps,” features Marjorie’s younger sister, Helen Corrigan.

Recently I’ve been trying my hand at flash fiction. Check it out here.

My story “Serving Time at the Tick-Tock Cafe” (contemporary, not historical) won second place in the IDAHO Magazine Fiction Contest in 2010.


One Thing Certain, I Will Not Cry: The Nell Irion Story
This one-woman play tells the story of Nell Irion, one of Bonner County, Idaho’s, early movers and shakers. It was written and performed under the auspices of the Bonner County Historical Society.

Baked Alaska
This full-length comedy-melodrama was performed by the Make-Believers of Poplar Creek Church, Bartlett, Illinois. Set in the 1930s, it tells the story of the excitement that shivers through remote Alaskan community when a pair of major Hollywood movie producers comes to town. But when “David O. Selznick” and “Louis B. Mayer” secretly refer to each other as “Shifty” and “Lefty,” you know you have a problem. Written and performed under the auspices of the Make-Believers of Poplar Creek Church.