History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Steampunk Technology, Real and Imagined

| May 16, 2019

The steampunk technology that I write into my novels and stories is often partially real and partially imagined. For The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, the idea of the clockwork animals was pulled primarily from my imagination–while it’s certainly possible to have mechanical or robotic animals with modern technology, I used a lot of hand waving […]

The Marsh Sisters and Family

| February 14, 2019

The very first short story I had published was “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” featuring the Marsh sisters, back in 2010. This came up recently because I have a second Marsh sisters short story, “The Marvelous Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” in the latest volume of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. Recently, the editors […]

Winter Reads: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| December 20, 2018

Mystery, steampunk, and clever girls? You’ll find all that and more in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby! Written for a middle grade audience, folks of all ages will enjoy the investigations of Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, girl detectives who make their home in the mechanical garden! This is the first full-length adventure of the Marsh […]

Winter Reads: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5

| December 13, 2018

If you’re looking for a great read for a younger reader, or if you prefer to read things in the middle grade/young adult genres yourself, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5 is now available in print and ebook! I’ve got a new short story in this volume, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” which is […]

Now in Paperback: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby!

| October 23, 2018

When I first published The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, I did my own cover. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the best plan, as it didn’t look good when I got a proof copy of the print book. So I made a plan to have an artist re-do the cover later. That’s finally happened. The inestimable Leigh Legler […]

Now on Kickstarter: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5

| September 26, 2018

The fine folks at Dreaming Robot Press are currently running a Kickstarter for the fifth volume of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. I’ve had stories in the last two, and I will also have a story, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” included in volume 5! My story is a steampunk detective story featuring the […]

2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide!

| April 12, 2018

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve sold the next Marsh sisters story. And now that the contract is signed, I’m pleased to announce that it will appear in the 2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthology from Dreaming Robot Press! This will be my third appearance in this anthology series, and the second time […]

The Marsh Sisters are Coming Back!

| March 29, 2018

The protagonists of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, Marigold and Chrysanthemum Marsh, are at it again! Their latest tale of excitement and mystery, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” has been accepted for publication! I’ll give more details once the contract is signed, but suffice it to say, I’m excited to get another tale […]

Young Readers

| July 25, 2017

I read a lot of books that fall into the middle grade or young adult categories. I really love the middle grade books, because they’re the sort of fantasy books I remember from my childhood. I also write a lot of middle grade stories. The first story I published, “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose […]

An audio version of a steampunk story!

| May 19, 2017

The very first story that I published was “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” back in 2010. It’s been reprinted a few times since then, and now, it’s available in audio format as well! This is a story with two young girls as protagonists (age 9 and 12), and it’s a very kid-friendly story, […]