Why Historical Fiction?

Writing historical fiction for readers aged 10 and up allows me to combine my love of research and hunger for travel with a passion for story-telling. My never-ending lists of questions and ‘what-if’s is helpful, too. Take a look around, let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Check out the A Little Wicked Readers Guide!

See the Book Trailer!

Watch the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore interview me for the Book Club for Kids podcast at the Write Stuff festival at the Nationals Archives!

Here’s my interview on how doing research at the National Archives help me write A Little Wicked.

A Little Wicked
by Janet R. Macreery


“…readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“…the fast pace and suspense-filled pages will keep younger teens engrossed while providing notable history lessons. A high-stakes historical adventure full of emotional, social and political drama.” – Kirkus Reviews

“…addicting, passionate, and fresh.” – Novel Nutritious

“A Little Wicked evokes themes of survival, rebellion, and identity just as vividly as the most popular fantasy novels for young people.” – Amazon Customer

“The author writes from the viewpoint of the female child character Dory, making the story highly relatable as well as understandable to young readers. Readers will gain a strong idea of customs, daily life, and government for those living in 1692 in England, Scotland, and The New World…” – Michelle Robertson for Reader Favorites

“Writing with both discipline and creative abandon, Macreery gives studious attention to detail as each carefully crafted sentence flows fluidly to the next.” – Amazon Customer

“The book is full of historical and cultural details, with touches of Scottish folklore leaving open the possibility of the supernatural.” – Goodreads Reader


After her Scottish village is attacked, 12-year-old Dory must flee her home without her family. Once the granddaughter of the chief, now branded a fugitive, Dory begins a dangerous journey trekking through the Scottish wilderness and crossing the Atlantic in disguise in order to reach the distant and unfamiliar Massachusetts Bay Colony in the New World. There she must survive a crisis that is quite different from the one in Scotland but no less fatal. The year is 1692 and Dory is plunged into mayhem on both sides of the ocean.

The story of Dory begins in 1692 during the infamous Glencoe Massacre and ends during the Salem witch trial crisis. These events provide the backdrop for the story of an intelligent, compassionate girl who is thrust into unimaginable situations and ultimately finds her own life on the line.

In 1692, Dory’s life is as carefree as clan living can be. As the spirited 12-year-old granddaughter to the chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe, Dory spends her free time hunting with her buzzard, Merlin, and cattle-rustling with the men. When her clan is attacked in the most heinous way, her best friend Gilbert is killed and her family is ripped apart. She must flee her home. Protected by only a timid lad for an escort and her mother’s cairngorm necklace, Dory hikes through the rough terrain of the Highlands to the port city of Greenock where she talks her way onboard a ship bound for America.

On the ocean voyage, Dory is forced into disguise and must survive the taunts and pranks of the crewmembers. Merlin is not the only bird she must control on the open seas. She must also keep the captain’s annoying parrot from disturbing him or face one of the brutal punishments doled out at sea.

Once in the Massachusetts Bay Colony of the New World, Dory must find her relatives and prove she is family. The town is in the grips of a terrible and enigmatic menace. While still mourning all that she has lost, Dory tries to find where she fits in this new and sometimes terrifying place. Dory has survived an attack on her clan, trekking through the Scottish wilderness, and terrors at sea only to land in a town gripped by madness. Dory must learn not to stand out, as those who do are accused of witchcraft.


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