About Ames Sheldon

At the age of nine, when I realized I wanted to be a writer, I wrote my first short story about a chatty bee and a friendly horse. Many stories and poems later, I helped write and edit the ground-breaking Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, a monumental reference book that played a significant role in launching the field of women’s history.

Women’s History Sources also inspired my first novel “Lemons in the Garden of Love,”  about a suffrage cartoon artist named Kate who founds the first iteration of Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts in 1916 and her great-great niece, a graduate student in women’s history, who discovers Kate’s diaries in the process of seeking a topic for her dissertation.

I have worked as a reporter for two small town newspapers and as a publicist for an auto salvage yard and an aluminum recycling business. Then I ventured into the area of creative nonfiction, writing grant proposals, reports, and solicitations for the Sierra Club, the University of St. Thomas, the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Public Library, and The Blake School, helping to raise millions of dollars for these nonprofit organizations.

My second novel Eleanor’s Wars takes place on the home front during WWII, although the story’s roots are deeply embedded in the Great War.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, I have lived in Philadelphia, Boston, and Berkeley. Now I make my home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with my husband.