Mary Jaffe (née Scott) dreamed of becoming a National Geographic journalist, but it was a dream unrealized. Now, at the age of seventy-eight—after thirty-five years of teaching, ten of professional opera singing and theatrical directing, raising a family, and caring for her terminally ill husband for a decade—she has turned to writing historical fiction. Mary is writing war stories based on the Irish Rebellion of 1641, and has become somewhat an expert on Irish and Scottish immigrant history. Her present writing goal is to learn the amazing history of an African American great grandmother of Texas. After the Civil War, it is said that she won a local judgment against her deceased master’s plantation estate, then things did not go well.