Samantha James – Creator & Owner / Writer & Editor / Administrator

I am the creator and editor of The Historical Diaries. I am twenty-eight years old. I love nothing more in this world than my two young nephews. My passion is geared towards writing, reading, and history. I am currently writing my first non-fiction novel about the desertion in the U.S Civil War. It is set to be released in the next couple months. I truly hope everyone enjoys the website. I want to bring to light all that is interesting in history.  The goal I have always had in my heart for the site is to show readers how truly fascinating the stories of our past can be!

You can follow me on FB & Twitter :

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John Guzzardo – Staff Writer

John Guzzardo has been writing and drawing for over 20 years. His work has been recognized in various newspapers and on several websites, and he has won awards for his work on his university newspaper. He is currently a student a Georgia Southwestern State University where he hopes to complete his Bachelors in History in late 2017.

John’s historical interests include the United States Constitution, the evolution of America’s federal government, as well as history of highways and infrastructure systems. His contributions will be focused on cultural history as well as politics and lesser know legal cases, and the history of cartoon art and comic strips.

His own website is where you can check out his posts and podcasts.



Jeremy Scott – Staff Writer

My blog will cover all aspects of military history and military science from ancient Egypt to the current struggles going on today in Iraq. I will cover everything from weapon advances to how battlefield tactics have evolved. I will of course cover the battles and campaigns themselves. Also the leaders and famous units as well. I hope you will come along for this exciting ride. Please CICK HERE to visit my site!





Annie Whitehead – Staff Writer 

Hello, my blog is a little bit of everything; I post about my books, about my writing in general, my musings about history, education, language. I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world, the English Lake District, although I’ve traveled a great deal, my father having served in the forces. As a writer I have focused on writing historical Anglo-Saxon novels. The Historical Diaries will be sharing more information about my books soon.  I am on the Editorial team for the EHFA Blog (English Historical Fiction Authors). When I’m not writing, or blogging, or editing, I serve my cat, Smog, go walking with my husband, go for cycle rides, and lift weights/kickbox. And listen to music – loud, loud music. Find the latest posts HERE, If you wish to contact me, pop over to my  Website



Nancy Clark – Staff Writer

Nancy J. Clark, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a retired college English instructor who has also at various times been a grant writer, senior services coordinator, and director of a volunteer center. She currently tutors students online and occasionally does editing and proofreading. Her own published writing includes magazine and newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, and Christian devotions. She is currently working on a biography of her great-grandfather, who was a country doctor from 1880 to 1930. Much of the research for the book has concentrated on early medical practices in the U.S. before the discovery of antibiotics, sterile surgery, anesthetics, and other modern advancements which we now take for granted. Part of her website/blog is dedicated to these fascinating bits of medical history. Also included are other sections on writing biographies and on grammar tips–the last topic obviously dear to her heart as an old English teacher!


Find her at or by email at




Alison Hocking – Staff Writer

I’m a historical blogger from Manchester, England.  I write reviews of historical novels, films, TV programmes, or anything else going, and welcome any comments or discussions on the historical issues raised.  Particular interests are British, Russian and North American history, but I’m up for any sort of historical subject – recommendations welcome!

Adina Bernstein – Staff Writer

Adina Bernstein is a Brooklyn born and raised writer. Among her many obsessions is history, feminism and classic 19th century British literature. While she does have a day job, writing is her passion and her love. One of her favorite quotes about writing comes from one of her heroes, Charlotte Bronte: “I am just going to write because I cannot help it.” She can be found online at, and on Twitter and Instagram at Writergurlny.


Robert Krenzel – Staff Writer

Robert “Bob” Krenzel was educated at Rutgers and Eastern Connecticut State Universities, earning degrees in History and Management. He served as an Armor and Cavalry Officer in the U.S. Army for 24 years, seeing active service in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A passion for history and desire to share with others inspired Bob to write the Gideon Hawke Series of historical fiction, which is set during the American Revolution. His works include This Glorious Cause, Times That Try Men’s Souls, and A Nest of Hornets. Bob’s Links:

Website with blog:

Facebook Author Page:

Gideon Hawke Novels Facebook Page:


Fiona Hurley – Staff Writer

Fiona Hurley lives in Galway, Ireland where by day she works as a technical writer. She has previously lived in Dublin, Glasgow, and Valencia. Her main interests, in no particular order, are history, mythology, swing dancing, amusing her nieces and nephews, hiking, making up stories, reviewing books on Goodreads, watching documentaries, and using Google Maps to plan her next journey. She stopped taking photographs when she married P.J. and realized she could delegate that job to him. Her work has appeared on Bootsnall, SavvyAuntie, and Number Eleven, as well as on her own blog about the Wild Atlantic Way.


Decker – Staff Writer

Decker, created and writes for the website,  A native of the city he currently lives in located in the Western United States, he at times believes all intelligent life forms have vanished, leaving him, with his very limited intelligence, the joy of observing the current insanity and charging him with the task of writing about it.  Dispatches from the Asylum covers a variety of modern day absurdities, along with the occasional historical piece, dispatches of fiction, music and other topics that interest those residing at the Asylum.  Henry, our Editor-in-Chief, is a Lab mix, 10 months old, who is the day-time ruler of the Asylum and by night, lover of lounging around.  Residents/writers at the Asylum enjoy classical and jazz music, movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, good vodka, European and Russian History, natural healing remedies, cooking, reading, good writing and above all else, dogs.

Ken Zurski – Staff Writer

To visit Mr. Zurski”s amazing website please CLICK HERE. It is very much in tune with the Historical Diaires in its mission to bring readers forgotten and overlooked history! He is a published author who works with Amika Press.  He also has a facebook page that I am sure you would enjoy if your on Facebook. CLICK HERE to be directed to his FB page. About his blog,  UNREMEMBERED – History has a way of remembering and forgetting certain people and events.  Some may have chosen this path to anonymity and others may have simply been part of a fleeting fame, once recognized for their importance and influence, now lost to time. I’ve always been fascinated by these lesser-known personalities, the so-called other people, or obscure figures whose contributions to our past have been disregarded, neglected or simply put out of mind. These are the stories I want to tell. The stories of the unremembered. 

Ann Longmore-Etheridge – Staff Writer

Ann Longmore-Etheridge is a professional writer, editor, and journalist, and an amateur historian with deep interest in death and mourning customs, British and U.S. history, and early photography. Her collection of images and artifacts can be found online at flickr, Last year, she founded Your Dying Charlotte (, a site for research on various pieces from her collection, genealogy, and more. Her Twitter handle is @yepperday and she can be reached by email at




 Shane Phipps – Staff Writer

Shane Phipps is a teacher and author from Indiana. He has taught U.S. history in Indianapolis since 2001. He is the author of the young adult historical novel, The Carter Journals: Time Travels in Early U.S. History (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2015) He has a weekly column in the Anderson Herald Bulletin and posts frequently on his blog at His book can be purchased in paperback, hardback, or ebook at the following link.




Nancy Blanton – Staff Writer

Nancy Blanton writes historical novels based primarily in Irish history. The Prince of Glencurragh, her second novel, is set in 1634 prior to the Great Irish Rebellion of 1641. Her first novel, Sharavogue, is set in 17th century Ireland and the West Indies. Both books won first place for historical fiction in Florida’s Royal Palm Literary Awards. Her blog, My Lady’s Closet, focuses on writing, books, historical fiction, research and travel. Ms. Blanton has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, corporate communications leader and brand manager. She has won numerous awards for professional leadership, writing, advertising and public relations products. She lives in Florida.

Connect with Nancy:


Facebook: Nancy Blanton.Author

Twitter: @nancy_Blanton

Peter Anderson – Staff Writer

Born BMH Hamburg in 1956 my dad was a serving British soldier. Childhood was spent in numerous places around the globe. Happiest time as a child was in Singapore and Malaya.  Between the age of 5 and 18 attended over a dozen different schools and think of myself as being self-educated. One English teacher said to me “You will never write a coherent sentence in your life” and another said, “We don’t bother with Army children, they are not very bright and don’t stay here long anyway.”  With a dad in the British Army I was always surrounded by British Military History. I now blog about the FWW, and help those who can not afford to travel with the tour companies visit the battlefields and cemeteries in France and Belgium.

Poppies From the Heart of Strathspey is now only available from, The Bookmark, Grantown-on-Spey. My Blog is at  Scarce heard among the guns. (Blogs about WW1).


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