Biography

"Laws die, books never."
--Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Ellen Keigh (née Kay Henden) is an attorney/educator turned novelist, an avid amateur historian, and a peripatetic researcher.

She practiced law in northern California, specializing in the intricacies of trust law. That led in time to the history of property transfers and the rights of married women in the 19th century, topics that produced some surprising insights into the daily life of women of that time.

San Francisco history, particularly the lesser-known period between the Gold Rush and the Earthquake of 1906, was at first a passing interest, then an ardent pursuit. She realized that the story of The City during those 'lost years' was even more rich and complex than the times preceding and following it. And ultimately, of course, the history of San Francisco's adolescence led inevitably to Virginia City, Nevada, and the spellbinding story of the Comstock Lode.

She continues to be fascinated by all things San Franciscan, especially during the latter half of the nineteenth century. In fact, she sets her novels there just so she has an excuse for an extended visit...