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Dorothy's Blog

About Me

“My mission is to present history to children in a fun and interesting way.”                                                    ~Dorothy Stacy….. Author and Historyteller

      I have always LOVED to write. As a child, I also read constantly.  The library was my favorite place to hang out on a Saturday. I think I wrote my first book when I was 7.  And at 11, I used to write soap operas in school, during school, and I never got caught.

      I was born and brought up in Utica, New York where I lived the first half of my life and now live in Sauquoit, NY in a 200-year-old house on 4 acres of land. I have 8  grown children and 21 grandchildren.  An elementary school teacher in Utica for 13 years before retiring in 2006, I have a Masters Degree in Reading and Elementary Education.      

     This is my seventh career. I started out as a mail girl, was a bank teller, made and sold quilted items, was a mother, an elementary school teacher, and now an author, illustrator,  and publisher.

     These are my first novels: Erie Canal Cousins-2007, Three Weeks in Utica-2008,  Albany Homecoming -2009, Canal Town Christmas-2010, and Stars Over Buffalo-2011. They are set in New York State/ Erie Canal in 1840. I also did the illustrations in the books, some patterned after my children and grandchildren. To check them out click on the “My Books” page at the top.

Utica Public Library, at Utica, New York, Unit...

My Favorite Hangout as a Child~Utica Public Library~Image via Wikipedia

      I started my own publishing company, Blackberry Hill Press, in 2007Some of my books have traveled as far as California, Florida, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, Canada, and England.

     I am delighted to be doing this right now…..fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to become a published author. I also visit schools, libraries, historical societies, and groups to discuss history and my books. I LOVE to talk to children. They are so open and expressive, and appreciate every little thing you have for them. I guess that is left over from my teaching days.



  1. SR

    What a wonderful life you have had and have. I love reading your blog. Your post take me to other places in my mind. That is truly a hard thing for one to do with me. Beverly Lewis was the only other person who could do that. God Bless, SR

  2. Hi, Dorothy! Welcome to the DiabeticRedemption.com family of readers. I’m glad you’ve joined us. If you’d like, please find my Friends Page, and tell me and my readers a little about yourself and your blog, (please be sure to add the URL,) and your books. I’m excited to hear what you have to say! Again, welcome!

  3. SR

    You now have another award!!!:>))) This one was meant for you! God Bless, SR

  4. SR

    Hey Dorothy,

    Just wondering how you and the kids are doing? I hope all is well. (You can delete this if you want, just wanted to check in) God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR Things are going good, hectic, and busy. My daughter and grandson are living with me for awhile. One of my sons is over doing some work on the house. And life goes on. How are you doing?

  5. SR

    Hello Dorothy,

    I just decided to stop by in hopes that you will pick this up and see how you are doing? I miss you at times so much Dorothy. I hope all is well with you and you are still writing. Fill me in if you read this. God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR,
      I just happened to check out my blog today. It was good to see a post from you. I think about you at times, too. How are you doing? A lot has been going on with the family. One son moved back home, got married and has a baby. Another son injured his back and is home recuperating. I’ve been hosting some of the grown-up kids off and on at my house over the summer and now. I am trying to get back to my writing but I’ve been very busy. I’m hoping that now with the cooler weather I will have more time to write. I have 3 chapters done on my next book and hope to get it out in 2016. I am so lucky to have my kids, they truly are a blessing from God. I now have 22 grandchildren, too.
      God Bless you too,

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