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History, Romance and Research

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in History, Writing | 12 comments

Writing historical fiction takes nerve…fake sign-language interpreter nerve. Unless your day job is at Historical Williamsburg chances are you really don’t know how people lived back then. You’ve read a lot of books yourself (mostly written by people who were also researching). You’ve watched movies, studied artifacts, read biographies, but when it comes down to it, you still need the every day details to make your stories and settings more realistic. With every book I search out specific resources based on the location of the story, the careers of the characters, and the exact year, but as long as I’m writing about the mid-19th century I have a few books that I keep nearby. First off, we must know what our heroines are wearing. Besides the hero’s broad shoulders, the ladies’ gowns merit the most descriptions. This book is...

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Interviewing Civil War Soldiers

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in History | 3 comments

  Last week I got the awesome opportunity to attend a Civil War Reenactment in my family’s hometown Hartville, Missouri. Knowing that I was going I asked readers what questions they’d like me to ask the soldiers. First off, let me say that the reenactors I met were AMAZING! These men are passionate about history and about their country. I’m so grateful to them for presenting our history in such a tangible way and making it accessible to the youngest participant. And at the same time, they aren’t just dressing up and playing war. The men I spoke with had done extensive research into the character they were portraying. They could tell you their troop’s movements, battles, and commanders as if they’d really lived it. And they spoke passionately in characters about their reasons for fighting, their families and...

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The Macabre Journey of Eva Peron’s Traveling Corpse

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in History | 4 comments

“Eyes, hair, face, image – all must be preserved. Still life displayed forever, no less than she deserved.” The last scene of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Evita” shows lines of Argentinian devotees as they stream past the coffin of their First Lady, Maria Eva Duarte Peron, dead at age thirty-three from cancer. Her waxy figure is displayed under a glass coffin, not unusual for a state funeral, but the last lines of the musical hinted at something further. Eva Peron’s story is remarkable enough, but could it be that her incredible journey didn’t end at her death? Intrigued, I did some research…and oh the stories I found. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina Eva Peron died in 1952 and as depicted her body underwent an embalming process to prepare it for the 2 million people who came to view her,...

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What Were They Thinking?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Family, History | 7 comments

Last week I went on a trip with my mom, aunt, sisters and my sister-in-law to Boston and Plymouth, a wonderful opportunity to participate in one of my favorite past-times…daydreaming. I love standing at historical sites and imagining the thoughts and emotions that must have overwhelmed the participants. For instance, were the British soldiers afraid for their safety as they stood in front of the State House amid a mob pelting them with snowballs and rocks? When they heard the call “Fire” were they surprised that their commander would order them to fire on the townspeople? Did they question whether that voice was their commander’s or question the direction from whence the call came? Imagine Paul Revere’s impatience as he stood here on the shore and watched for the lanterns to shine in the white steeple across the way....

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Describe Successful

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in History, The Anglo Files | 1 comment

ListeningĀ to politicians it can be difficult to discern between opponents. Both sides often claim to want the exact same outcome, and to only disagree on how to get there. I Have My Doubts. Yes, every American politician would claim to want a peaceful, prosperous America, but if you ask them to define their view of peaceful and prosperous you might be surprised. Recently I read Jeff Shaara’s Rise to Rebellion (highly recommended) and one scene involving Benjamin Franklin in Ireland led me to research further. No surprise, I found Mr. Shaara’s account to be very accurate. In the early 1770s most colonists were loyal to their King and their country. They considered themselves British and trusted that the King and Parliament were trying to secure for them all the blessings of prosperity and freedom that the other British subjects...

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in History, Oklahoma, Writing | 8 comments

You never know what you might find while doing research. It’s like opening a plastic Easter egg that’s been left on the lawn. It might be full of candy. It might be full of ants. No way of knowing. Recently I visited the fabulous National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in OKC – a must-see when you’re in town. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular – just wanting to enjoy the ambiance and get a field trip in for the kids – when I found an absolute Reese peanut butter cup in my Easter Egg. Can you read it? It’s a printed invitation to a hanging. That’s right – not a form letterĀ or a notice in the paper. This was printed and mailed to interested parties. I can only imagine. Ma Ingalls – “Oh look, honey. We’re invited...

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