Margaret Drake

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ABOUT MARGARET

  • Margaret Drake is a retired occupational therapist and art therapist.

  • Born and raised in Iowa, attaining higher education in California, she was able to observe the transitions from the beat generation to the hippie culture to the women’s liberation movement.

  • The early part of her career was spent as an elementary teacher in California & Hawaii.

  • After two marriages, two divorces, and no children she retrained as an occupational therapist.

  • After finishing her doctorate she taught at four other universities one of which was in Taiwan.

  • Currently, Margaret lives in Hawaii where she enjoys writing historical novels.

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BOOKS BY MARGARET DRAKE

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A US FEMINIST IN SAUDI ARABIA

WWI was a time when women at war were few and far between. The new profession of occupational therapy was just becoming known. Lorena Longley joins this new profession and decides to be part of the war work to help US troops in France.

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HAOLE TEACHER

WWI took many men away leaving women to adapt to their absence. Iowa school teacher Ina Marie Martin found herself a victim of this tumultuous time. Like men who were physically or mentally injured she needed to recover to find a way to avoid becoming an outcast. She fled her shame and found a new life on the Island of Hawaii.

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MEN'S RECEIVING WARD

The medical needs of wounded soldiers during WWII caused military hospitals at home and on battle fronts to take on many doctors, nurses and ancillary healthcare workers.  This left a severe deficit for the home folks.  After peace came again, the discharged medical workers transitioned back to domestic institutions.  This is the story of an occupational therapist and doctors and nurses in an Iowa hospital during that upheaval. 

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THE DISAPPEARING PATIENT

A southern occupational therapist works with a difficult patient who disappears. She grapples with ties of home versus the draw of adventure and decides it is time to leave her hometown job and take a position in southern Alaska.

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ABAYA

Elizabeth Adams expects the adventure of a lifetime when she accepts a faculty position at the Nursing Education Program at the National Saudi University for Girls but nothing could prepare her for the whirlwind of drama and intrigue she encounters as she navigates romance and rescue under the close eye of the Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. 

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HAOLE WIFE

Ina Marie Martin the Haole Teacher married Dr. McNeill in 1920. They had a girl child named Leilani. This was the beginning of Prohibition in the United States and the Territories such as Hawaii. In this story Ina Marie navigates through the full wave of events driven by the forces of Prohibition.

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RECONSTRUCTING SOLDIERS

WWI was a time when women at war were few and far between. The new profession of occupational therapy was just becoming known. Lorena Longley joins this new profession and decides to be part of the war work to help US troops in France.

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BLACKMAIL BEHIND THE BARRACKS

Blackmail behind the Barracks shares the historical tale of a Negro womans courageous quest to fulfill her dreams during World War II by convincing the world she is white.

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HOMESTEADING WOMAN

In 1910 women could not vote. The romance of the western frontier still lured many people to adventure and the quest for wealth in the prairies. Homesteaders were enticed to settle the lands with the goal of civilizing the west. Miss Ruby Taylor school teacher joined this flood of new settlers to the South Dakota plains.

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SANATORIUM GIRL

In 1920 tuberculosis was the main killer of young people. Occupational therapy had just begun as a profession unto itself. The Mississippi State Tuberculosis Sanatorium had been open only two years. Louisa Anne McFarland from Jones County was sent to the Sanatorium to heal her tubercular lungs.

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NOVELS, MEMOIRS & TEXTBOOKS BY MARGARET DRAKE

 (In Chronological Order)

  1. NOVELS:

    1. 2019  Abaya

    2. 2018  Men's Receiving Ward

    3. 2016  Blackmail Behind the Barracks

    4. 2011  Haole Wife

    5. 2009  Haole Teacher

    6. 2008  Homesteading Woman

    7. 2005  Sanatorium Girl

    8. 2004  The Disappearing Patient. A novel about an occupational therapist

    9. 2003  Reconstructing Soldiers: An Occupational Therapist in WWI 

  2. MEMOIRS:

    1. 2021  My Life:  Wall Crank Phones to Smartphones

    2. 2010  A US Feminist in Saudi Arabia: 1980-1982.

  3. TEXTBOOKS:

    1. 1992  Crafts in Therapy and Rehabilitation

    2. 1997  Crafts in Therapy and Rehabilitation Edition 2

Margaret Drake is a retired occupational therapist and art therapist and teacher who practiced her professions in four different states and two foreign countries.

Margaret has lived the past twelve years on the Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, continuing her career writing novels, engaging in civic organizations, and volunteering in a rural hospital.

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MARGARET DRAKE PROMOTIONAL CONTENT

 

ABAYA An Audio Interview with Margaret Drake  (2019)

Elizabeth Adams expects the adventure of a lifetime when she accepts a faculty position in the Nursing Education Program at the National Saudi University for Girls but nothing could prepare her for the whirlwind of drama and intrigue she encounters as she navigates romance and rescue under the close eye of the Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

 

When a student begs Elizabeth to help save her life she embarks on a quest that brings her closer to the heart of Saudi Arabia and her own beliefs about freedom love and purpose.

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BLACKMAIL BEHIND THE BARRACKS

Promotional Video (May 12, 2021)

Before WWII, a fair-skinned colored girl in the South had few chances to raise herself unless she could figure out how too "pass." The war offered new opportunities to join the effort to defeat the nation's enemies. Clara Brett took advantage of this national need to pursue her dream of becoming an occupational therapist.

 

The path to this goal led to overcoming personal as well as professional obstacles and threats. Other opportunities for relationships with men and women were part of the turmoil of caring for injured soldiers.

 

➤ Available at: Amazon.com

HAOLE WIFE An Audio Interview with Margaret Drake  (2011)

 

Attempting to flee her shameful past as an unwed mother, Ina Marie leaves her home state of Iowa and lands a teaching job in Hawaii. That's where she meets Dr. Clyde McNeill, and they are married in the summer of 1920.

 

Ina Marie enjoys the small privileges afforded to a plantation doctor's wife, and she appreciates the time she gets to spend with her daughter Leilani. But that bliss changes on a stormy night in 1923. While Clyde is treating a patient, he drowns, leaving Ina Marie and Leilani alone to fend for themselves.

 

Evicted from the plantation home, Ina Marie must make a new life for herself and her daughter. Against the backdrop of the times and the sugar plantation culture of Hawaii, Ina Marie navigates through the full wave of events driven by the forces of Prohibition.

 

It's also a time when automobiles are just becoming a more common means of travel and women have achieved their voting rights.

A work of historical fiction, Haole Wife, by author Margaret Drake, tells the story of one woman and what it takes to survive in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s on Hawaii Island.
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