Award-winning author
Unusual times, remarkable places

The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

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Quick Facts

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Birthdate: 17 September 1956

Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio


Fiction awards
  • Winner of the 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Novel with Romantic Elements for Claimed by the Enemy
  • Winner of the 2015 Romancing the Novel Published Author Contest in the "Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance" category for Claimed by the Enemy
  • Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers Grant, 2011 (press release)




  • "CT Commie Tiger Mommy" blog, 2015 (link)
  • "The Indie View" blog, 2014 (link)
  • Lawrence M. Schoen's blog, 2012 (link)
  • "My Seryniti" blog, 2012 (link)
  • "Finding my Words" blog, 2012 (link)
  •, 2011 (link)
  • "The Embraced: Scribal Love" blog, 2011 (link)
  •, 2008 (link)

Panelist or speaker at conference or convention 

  • World Fantasy Con (twice)
  • LOScon (several times)
  • Historical Novel Society conference (once)
  • Westercon (2015)
  • FandomVerse Expo (2016)
  • California Dreamin' (2017)

Guest blog posts (incomplete list)
  • "Author's Friend" blog, 2012 (link)
  • "The Book Faery Reviews" blog, 2009 (link)

Some past jobs
  • store clerk
  • archaeologist
  • receptionist
  • secretary
  • telephone operator
  • cookbook reviewer
  • newsletter editor
  • newsletter production
  • directory editor
  • freelance medical and scientific writer and copyeditor
  • university instructor

Places lived (in order)
  • Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Evanston, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Vienna, Virginia
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Alamo, Texas (post–Hurricane Katrina)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Riverside, California
  • Weaverville, North Carolina

Husband: retired economist David A. Malueg, married in 1982

  • cooking and food
  • ancient and medieval history
  • ancient Mesopotamia
  • birds and mammals
  • lives of people in other societies
  • world religions

  • herb gardening
  • reading
  • visiting historical sites
  • photography
  • bellydancing
  • playing Medieval music

Favorite foods
  • chocolate
  • bread
  • gingerbread
  • berries of all sorts
  • crème brûlée
  • New Orleans red beans and rice

Photo gallery

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formal portrait; please credit Vicki Stanwycks, New Orleans

formal portrait; please credit Vicki Stanwycks, New Orleans

at a booksigning

Shauna Roberts and husband David Malueg, Istanbul overlooking Bosphorus Strait

costumed for bellydance performance

costumed for bellydance performance

costumed for bellydance performance

Nicobar pigeon, Caloenas nicobarica (public domain image)

casual shot, Desert Hot Springs, California