Nebraska Authors

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Born 1952 East St. Louis, IL (USA)

Whitson's work has been praised for its historical accuracy. She has written: "I am inspired and encouraged and awed by the tremendous sacrifices, courage, and strength of the pioneers who settled Nebraska. At the same time I am fascinated by Native American culture and saddened by the negative aspects of pioneer/Native American relations. These interests provide the basis for my research and writing." Many of her books have been based on real people. Most have been set in Nebraska or on the Great Plains. She has lived in Nebraska since 1975.

Her "Quilt Chronicles" series has been very popular, with book 2 in the series winning the 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance from Romantic Times magazine. She is also highly regarded as a local speaker, for explaining the ways she incorporates history into her novels, and for her talks on quilt history.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Douglas, NE
Otoe County, NE
Arcachon, FRANCE
East St. Louis, IL
Belleville, IL
Arlington Heights, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Fiction--Historical; Christian Historical Romance


Bachelor of Arts Degre in French, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


Medical Secretary
Small Buisness Owner/Partner (Prairie Pieceworks)


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 20 March 1997, 15 February 2009 and 20 March 2014
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Sixteen Brides, 2017
Two-time Christy Award Finalist


Walks the Fire. 1995.
Soaring Eagle. 1996.
Red Bird. 1997. (Prairie Winds series)
Sarah's Patchwork. 1998.
Valley of the Shadow. 2000.
Karyn's Memory Box. 1999.
Nora's Ribbon of Memories. 1999. (Keepsake Legacies series)
Valley of the Shadow. 2001.
Edge of the Wilderness. 2001.
Heart of the Sandhills. 2001
Secrets on the Wind. 2003.
Watchers on the Hill. 2004.
Footprints on the Horizon. 2005.
A Garden in Paris. 2005.
How to Help a Grieving Friend. 2005.
A Hilltop in Tuscany. 2006.
Jacob's List. 2007.
Unbridled Dreams. 2008.
A Claim of Her Own. 2009.
Sixteen Brides. 2010.
The Key on the Quilt. Quilt Chronicles Book 1. 2012.
The Shadow on the Quilt. Quilt Chronicles Book 2. 2012.
A Most Unsuitable Match. 2011.
The Message on the Quilt. Quilt Chronicles Book 3. 2013.
A Captain for Laura Rose. 2014.
Daughter of the Regiment. 2015.
A Basket Brigade Christmas : three women, three love stories, one country divided. 2015.
Messenger by Moonlight. 2016.
Christmas Stitches: A Historical Romance Collection.. 2018.

Whitson was the featured Ames Reading Series author in March 1997:

Her February 2009, appearance:

She also participated in the March 2014 Ames Reading Series program, which can be viewed at the 4 minute mark here:

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