Aug 2, 2014

Meet Shirley Raye Redmond

Shirley Raye Redmond is an award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 27 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications, including The Pacific Stars and Stripes and Cosmopolitan as well as Highlights for Children and The Christian Standard. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each.

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Pigeon Hero! (Simon and Schuster) won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Patriots in Petticoats, Heroines of the American Revolution was named one of the best children’s books of the year in 2004, when it was released by Random House.

Her historical romance novel, Rosemary’s Glove, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. It was a finalist in the Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest that year too.

Shirley Raye has one husband, two grown children, two delightful grandsons, and an M.A. in Literature. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus, WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and many other venues across the country.


(1) I traveled to Iceland with my sister. We picked up a lost puffin and took it back to our hotel room for the night. We set it free the following morning.

(2) I met C.S. Lewis’s former secretary—Walter Hooper—in Oxford, England and learned all sorts of interesting tidbits about one of my favorite authors.

(3) I have survived earthquakes, typhoons, and evacuated my home twice because of raging forest fires.

(4) I grew up on the island of Okinawa. My family shared our little house with geckos; they ran loose across the walls.

(5) I’ve written a Nancy Drew mystery under the familiar pseudonym Carolyn Keene—Intruder #27 has a Jane Austen theme.

(6) My nonfiction children’s book, Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President,was a Children’s Book of the Month Club featured selection.

(7) I share a write-for-children blog with my author friend Jennifer McKerley at

(8) I make the world’s best baklava—yes, really!

(9) I have two adorable grandsons—Wyatt and Severus. Baby Severus was due the same day that PRUDENCE PURSUED was to be released, but the little darling came early.

(10) I wrote PRUDENCE PURSUED, in part, as a tribute to author Georgette Heyer. She is the only writer that has made me laugh out loud—many times.


At the advanced age of twenty-seven, vicar’s daughter Prudence Pentrye is on the shelf. Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society and helping her father administer vaccines in an effort to prevent a small pox epidemic, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret does not share her own unmarried fate.

But Margaret is plain and shy. She is repulsed when a swashbuckling baronet, Sir James Brownell, makes her an offer of marriage. With his sunburned skin, eye patch, and indifference to fashion, Sir James is not Margaret’s idea of a romantic suitor. Nor does Margaret enjoy his tales of fighting against Malay pirates and trekking through tropical jungles on the island of Borneo in hopes of capturing a living orangutan.

Prudence, however, finds herself secretly smitten. Will she maintain control of her traitorous heart or will she trust God to make her life richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?


See some of Shirley's other books


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