Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Anthony Grooms


Garrard Conley


This novel excerpt from Blue Amber follows a young woman, Amelia Winslow, through a journey from America to Ireland and back. The story centers around an ancient relic from Irish lore: the ‘Tara’ brooch. Amelia is a young researcher who, while completing her studies, finds herself in an unhappy marriage and at a loss for direction in her life. She is befriended by an older Irish woman who bestows a gift upon her— beginning an adventure to a new country, a new career, and possibly a new relationship. The legend of the ‘Tara’ brooch is woven throughout the story. Blue Amber is my attempt to combine my love for travel, food writing, and historical fiction with a little bit of romance sprinkled in.

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