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. 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.

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)