About Me


I’m a history lover and a writer of historical fiction. My debut novel The Greenest Branch is a fictionalized account of the life of Hildegard of Bingen. Book One of a two-part series, it came out in June 2018. It explores not just the historical figure known for her achievements as a physician, philosopher and composer, but a flesh-and-blood woman with desires and struggles of her own. The first two chapters of the manuscript appeared in the October 2017 issue of Embark, a literary journal for novelists: https://embarkliteraryjournal.com/issues/issue-2-october-2017/the-greenest-branch-p-k-adams/

My new historical mystery series is set at the 16th century royal court of Queen Bona in Cracow. The first book – Silent Water – was released on August 6th, 2019.

In my free time I practice yoga, travel to Scotland, and read historical fiction by Ken Follet, CJ Sansom, Umberto Eco, Hilary Mantel, and SJ Parris. My all-time favorite writers are Zadie Smith, Steven Galloway, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jeffrey Eugenides, Italo Calvino, Luigi Pirandello and Alberto Moravia.

Before I started writing creatively, I had published several articles on international relations. Below are links to a few of them:

Reluctant to Lead: The Lebanese Conflict and the EU’s Common Security Policy http://yalejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/072201podrazik.pdf

Who Really Lost the Georgian War

Portugal Faces Bold and Ambitious Agenda at the Start of its EU Presidency (co-written with Julianne Smith)

Click to access 070806_smith_commentary.pdf

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