I'm a time traveler—well, actually an archivist and historian, which amounts to the same thing. I got a firsthand taste (sometimes literally!) of nineteenth-century New England rural life when I was a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. There I milked cows, mucked out barns, and found inspiration for my historical novel, A Difficult Boy (coming from Holiday House in April, 2008). Now working as an archivist, I visit a different time and place with every diary, letter, and photograph I catalogs. I'm also a freelance historical consultant and I've written exhibit text, scripts for historical dramatizations, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, fundraising materials, and planning studies.