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Goodbye ivory tower and ivied walls; hello the pleasures and trials of writing fiction!

Born in the high desert country of New Mexico, Florence loved exploring the wildrness on foot and horseback. Those grandiose landscapes formed her sensibility. Hidden pockets of unexpected greenery tucked away near springs in folds of barren mountainsides spoke to her of gentleness and beauty in an otherwise harsh world. She published her first poem in a children's magazine shortly after she learned to read at age four; wrote hr first 'novel' at age six, entitled Ywain, King of All Cats. She illustrated the 'book' herself. She has traveled extensively, first as an army brat, then with her husband, the brilliant scholar Kurt Weinberg, working and researching in Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland and Spain. After earning her Ph.D., she taught for 22 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and for 10 more at Trinity University in San Antonio. Shepublished four scholarly books, many articles and book reviews. She retired in 1999 to write fiction and so far has produced eight novels, three in print, one an e-book shortly to be issued as a paperback. Her favorite animals are horses -- an intense love affair over many years -- and cats, her constant companions. She enjoys music, traveling, horseback riding, hiking, biking, gardening, and swimming.

Accomplishments: Teacher of the Year Award (St.John Fisher College)
National Endowment for the Humanitis Senior Fellowship (1980-81)
NEH Summer Research Grants and other awards and fellosships
Four residencies at The Hambidge Center for Writers and Artists (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)


Anselm, a Metamorphosis by Florence Byham Weinberg
Vain young professor Eric Behrens curses the world and wishes he were someone else. He falls and wakes in the body of a middle-aged, overweight Benedictine monk with a severe heart defect. He must survive somehow as he tries to "go home again."...

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Unrest in Eden by Florence Byham Weinberg
Father Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn, ex-S.J., released after 10 years in Spanish prison, begs his way across France to his home in the Rhineland. He arrives in Unkel-on-the-Rhineto find factional strife and murder in his hoped-for paradise. He is recruited to solve the crime, placing himself in mortal danger....

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Sonora Wind by Florence Byham Weinberg
Sonora, New Spain (Mexico), 1766-67: Father Ygnacio, S.J., investigates the murder of an army captain whose death is blamed on the local missionary. The pursuit involves a beautiful widow, Ygnacio's capture by and escape from Apaches, and discovery of illegitimate gun-running by a high Jesuit official. The murder is solved during the Expulsion of all Jesuits from new Spain in 1767....

Kindle (eBook),  Amazon.com 

Sonora Moonlight by Florence Byham Weinberg
New Spain (Mexico), 1762: Father Ygnacio, S.J., struggles to keep his mission Indians from being blamed for the murder by beheading and crucifixion of an Irish rancher....

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Seven Cities of Mud by Florence Byham Weinberg
1581: Franciscan Fray Agustin Rodriguez leads an expedition to evangelize the Pueblo Indians of the Rio Grande. He persuades Poli, a widowed Pueblo woman, to be their guide, but Captain Chamuscado takes charge, makes prisoners of the Franciscans, and begins to seek gold. Conflicts and passions explode: love and faith oppose anger, brutality, hatred, lust, greed and ambition, with tragic results....

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The Storks of La Caridad by Florence Byham Weinberg
Father Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn, a missionary from the Sonora Desert in northern Mexico, is caught in the Expulsion of all Jesuits in 1767. After enduring eight years of prison and abuse, he is incarcerated in La Caridad Monastery where the abbot recruits him to help solve two murders. In the course of his investigations, Father Ignaz finds his own life in peril....

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Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross by Florence Byham Weinberg
The year: 1731. Three Franciscan missions struggle to establish themselvs on the San Antonio River despite Apache raids. Missionary Fray Marcos and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila, fall in love. They must work out their fate in the face of cultural conflicts and prejudices....

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Sleuthing for Ignaz
 by Florence Byham Weinberg
Research can be a great adventure. Here is the story of a search for background on my detective, a real-life Jesuit missionary....


Sonora Wind, ill Wind
Father Ignaz, SJ, risks his life in Apache country in 1766, seeking the murderer of an army captain, to clear the name of a fellow missionary slated for execution.

I'll Come To Thee By Moonlight
A corpse found beheaded and crucified near his mission in 1761, Father Ignaz investigates while trying to convert the medicine man and tribal chief who saves his life.

The Storks of Caridad
Two grisly murders are committed in Caridad Monastery, where Father Ignaz, prisoner of the Crown for his supposed knowledge of Sonora gold, imperils his life as he helps the abbot investigate.

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Published novels so far: Sonora Wind, Ill Wind (2002); I'll Come To Thee By Moonlight (2002); Longs desirs (2002, available at Amazon.fr. The book is in French); The Storks of Caridad (e-book, available 7/04 at Twilight Times Books)

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