My Books

I love to write about people, especially women. I am currently working on my first novel. No surprise–it’s about women! More on that later. (Update–as of early 2020, this novel is resting in a drawer! I may or may not return to it. Currently I’m considering a return to my first love–biographical portraits of women.) In the meantime, please take a look at my previous books. They are both biographies about badass women that challenged the limits imposed on them because of their gender. Click on the titles if you want more information or to purchase. You can also find me on Amazon.

Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist

Famous activist and union members get remembered, but what about the everyday people who strive to make life better in their own community? Tina Stewart Brakebill … has done that for Barbara (Barbe) Lennon (1881-1983), a Bloomington, Illinois teacher, activist and mother who strove to represent her profession and improve local conditions. This is not only an activist’s biography, but an in-depth study of what women could and could not do in early 20th century Bloomington, Illinois. … This well-written local history is a snapshot of women’s lives in the early 20th century and deserves a place on your shelf. (Mike Matejka, Fox Valley Labor New, 2015)


“Circumstances are Destiny”

Tina Stewart Brakebill has produced a remarkably nuanced analysis of Celestia Rice Colby and her mid-nineteenth-century world.  Certainly gender suggested destiny, but a miserable life was not guaranteed. …   “Circumstances are destiny” is a must read for those interested in Women’s, Ohio, and Midwestern histories. (Ginette Aley, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana, 2008)