I'm happy to be part of the forum. I do a lot of research because I write books for young readers, usually ages 10 and up. So far, I've had two books published. The first is Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg (2013, Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN). It received many good reviews and some awards, and it's a great classroom book for teaching the battle of Gettysburg. My newest book is Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies (October 2016, Quindaro Press, Kansas City, MO). It focuses on the women and girls at the arsenals where horrible explosions took many lives. I've seen a thread on here about these events. The three places are the Allegheny Arsenal (near Pittsburgh), the CS Laboratory (Richmond), and the Washington Arsenal (Washington, DC). I'm doing a presentation on Saturday, March 11, at Historic Tredegar in Richmond about the tragedies. I am always looking for ideas for new books. I like to focus on the regular people in history, not on the big names everyone already knows about. Feel free to send me any cool stories you find in your research.