(18th) JD Peterson

Author J.D. Peterson has always been drawn to creative endeavors; be it writing novels, poems and song lyrics, or making crafts and floral arrangements. 

J.D.’s life changed with a trip to Newport, R.I. when she spotted a white swan thrashing in the ocean breakers on a cold, stormy spring morning. The swan followed her down the beach in spite of the rough waters. J.D. took notice, which led to the discovery of a story about a young débutante – Sara Swan Whiting. 

A scandal from the past had left Sara shunned by history with misinformation perpetuated to this day on television shows like “American Pickers” and “Ghost Hunters”. Dedicated to finding the truth of the scandal, J.D. launched into over 10 years of research, which in turn led to the writing of the “American Gilt Trilogy”. The research was rewarded as J.D. won many new fans, as well as the Ohio History Connection "I Found it in the Archives" Contest in 2017.

The AMERICAN GILT Trilogy has quickly gained popularity. Readers often launch into debates and discussion about the events that led up to the scandal and the lasting aftermath on two influential New York families. J.D. enjoys meeting with booklovers and fans, and speaking to historical gatherings and book clubs about America’s gilded age – especially, the history of Sara Swan Whiting.

Formal studies include creative writing and journalism, publishing, broadcasting, the business of the entertainment industry, recording production and engineering and a myriad of related subjects. J.D. was also a disc jockey on KSBR (Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA).

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J.D. is available for speaking at your next book club gathering or event with special novel pricing.

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U.K.  Début       Volume 1       Début U.S.A 

    U.K.  Absinthe   Volume 2       Absinthe U.S.A

U.K.  Scandal    Volume 3       Scandal U.S.A

What Readers are Saying:

Excellent!! This was the best gilded age novel I have read in such a long time. It was full of colorful details of the era and very believable characters.” – Ted M.

I literally could not put these books down! I felt like I had been transported into another time and place! I love the settings, and I love the characters. I feel like I know them personally.” – Amy H.

 Such a great read! I highly recommend having all three books in this trilogy on hand as they are hard to put down. I had to wait until Peterson released the third and last of her series, it was difficult, but I survived. I can't remember a time when I was overly excited to check the mail.” – Amazon Customer

From the beginning these books capture your interest – and makes it hard to put the books down. I highly recommend these books!” – Carol W.

I could not put these books down!!!! They kept me up late into the night. The amount of research is evident throughout the book and I was transported into the 1800's – Captivated by this story of scandal.” – Shane F.

A beautifully written book with vivid portrayals of characters, as well as descriptions of places, fashions of the day, and scenery. I could almost smell the flowers! I understand that there will be additional titles from this author, and I can't wait to read them. I can highly recommend this book, without hesitation.” – Trudy L.

You will get hooked! This book became a page turner. The characters were well-developed, historically interesting, with a most intriguing story line. I am looking forward J.D. Peterson's next book!!” – Amazon customer

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