Jackie Britton Lopatin

I graduated from Western Michigan University in 1978 as an English major and Library Science minor with a special emphasis in children's literature. While there, I also earned an Award of Arms in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Because of this, I can design and sew medieval garb, can juggle, weave baskets, and will willingly cook a medieval feast for 200 if given a week's notice and an appropriate budget.

I worked at my local public library in their Children's Room for a dozen years and discovered that although I'd always considered myself a writer, there's a special joy to standing up in front of an audience and telling stories.

After leaving the library to home-school my daughter and to start my own videography business, I directed two half-hour video documentaries (Buncombe Beginnings and The Fairbank House Speaks to America), as well as taping other small projects.

Currently, I describe myself on Facebook as "Chief Cook and Defender of the Faith at the Lopatin Flute Company." My skills came in handy as I put together a photo documentary, "Dreams to Reality: Designing a SquareONE Alto Flute," for the business as well as writing press releases, designing print ads, and supervised the production of two music cd's. Mostly, though, I brag on my husband, Lenny, and do whatever's necessary to keep his butt in his technician's chair. Oh, and I make the pads for his square-holed instruments.

See more of my writing at www.scatvia.com and www.pathwaystothepast.com.

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The Visible Dogs of Grantville

The Visible Dogs of Grantville

Grantville April, 1635   "Mom's taken a room on Pleasant Street?" Armand Glazer asked in disbelief. "I know she's pushing seventy, but what does she need to give up her house for?" "She likes it up there, Uncle Armand," his nephew, Joe Glazer, calmly replied....
The Invisible Dogs of Grantville

The Invisible Dogs of Grantville

  Magdeburg Railway Platform September 1634   “Who said anything about there being invisible dogs in Grantville?” Allan Dailey, coordinator of the Imperial College’s Military Engineering program, demanded of the hapless young soldier. The...
Designing a Square-holed Flute

Designing a Square-holed Flute

Grantville High School Television Studio June 1637   “Are you ready to go, Bob?” the assistant director in the small high school television studio asked Bob Davidson as he nervously shuffled his papers at the lectern. “I’m about as ready...
Squarely the Best

Squarely the Best

Piano-making firm of Bledsoe and Riebeck, Grantville, August 1632 “Marcus, you have got to be kidding!” Ingram Bledsoe exclaimed, staring at his long-time friend in disbelief. “No, Ingram, I’m not kidding,” Marcus Wendell replied....