Nancy Herman is a third-generation Californian who is fascinated with her state’s colorful history, including the westward migration of the 1800s. She grew up in the coastal town of Watsonville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University. After her 25-year career as a Silicon Valley marketing communications professional, Nancy began researching and writing her first historical novel.
“I drew my facts from diaries, letters, and first hand accounts, including Virginia’s memoirs,” she says. “Research turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of writing this book. Another was following the Donner Party’s route by automobile from Independence, Missouri to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento, California. You can read about that exciting road trip here.
“I’m in awe of the toughness and determination of our California ancestors who crossed two-thousand miles or more by wagon, on horseback, and even by foot to start new lives here.”
Nancy lives with her husband Tom in the Sierra foothills, not far from the site of the Donner Party’s 1846-1847 winter entrapment.