Words are valuable. They clarify, explain, soothe, convince, emphasize, and engross. They also inspire. My particular love affair with words evolved over thirty years thanks to a number of incredible storytellers - beginning with a magic school bus, a wrinkle in time, and a girl detective with a blue convertible. Once I put my own proverbial pen to paper I knew I could never stop writing.

On most days I write about how history intersects with the everyday or the linkages between Star Wars and human mythology. But I am influenced by storytelling in all its forms, whether it be between the pages of a book, on television, or in the theatre.  You never know when inspiration might strike.

Visit the Snapshot page for my very latest media and posts. Visit my research page to learn more about my current project. 

Writer & Contributor

The Heart of the River

Every adventure starts the same way: with one foot in front of the other. The Heart of the River follows a young explorer named Arya as she searches for wonder at the heart of the River Idira. Along the way she encounters a fearsome dragon, and uncovers her own ability for courage and kindness.

This story began as a passion project for my two nieces and became something that I am incredibly proud of producing. In addition to being a gift, I wanted to develop a narrative about a young girl who is adventurous, curious, and kind. Arya is all of those things and more.

To purchase The Heart of the River visit www.theheartoftheriver.com

Additional Publications

Article: “Historic Preservation & Inclusion” The Inclusive Public Historians Handbook (NCPH and AASLH), Author and Steering Committee Member (2017-present)

Technology and Preservation: Documentation and Storytelling,” Handbook of Digital Public History (De Gruyter).

History@Work – Sample: Evidence of Things Unseen

Edible Denver: The Host that Fills Every Want (Also published on SavingPlaces.org)


Sub Section Editor, History@Work
NTHP: Preservation Leadership Forum
Guest Editor: Forum Journal: Technology Transforming Preservation (Volume 32, Number 1)

Photo Credit

Detail of Gabriel Dawe's piece in Wonder at the Credit: Priya Chhaya
A doorknob from a house built in the 1920s. Credit: Priya Chhaya
Image of a light up X-wing Credit: Priya Chhaya