Hello and thanks for stopping by!
I am an avid crocheter and focus my writing
on women in American history.
LADIES, FIRST: COMMON THREADS
shares stories about 18 first ladies who had
some connection to needlework.
My picture book CLAIRE tells the story of
American fashion designer, Claire McCardell.
This is a fascinating and approachable book that sheds light on a little-known corner
of American history.
It’s a real ‘dip in’ book to have
on your coffee table and just open up on any page and read about
a First Lady when you are having your morning latte
or your afternoon tea.
What an imaginative tribute to a visionary force in fashion and
a great inspiration to
young people with dreams!
People may know basic facts about U.S. First Ladies, but "Ladies, First: Common Threads" is the first biography of its kind to hone in their needlework.
“I read her autobiography, What Shall I Wear (Simon and Schuster, 1956), and then read as many articles as I could find about her. I thought it would make an inspiring story for children, especially girls...."
After reading articles about the designer and her
autobiography, Scala Giokas determined it would be a great
story for children and more.
The museum hosted a virtual book talk with Debra upon the release of LADIES, FIRST....
The book is well-researched, nicely written and beautifully illustrated. What a fun way to learn the history of these amazing First Ladies!
— Bethany Sullivan, Director
James Madison Museum of
Orange County Heritage