Category Archive: historical fiction

Travels Through Historical Fiction: Jerusalem, City of Conflict and Conviction

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To say that Jerusalem is a city historically plagued by conflict is to risk being branded a writer of cliches, but here is the thing about cliches. Beneath the banality and hackneyed phrasings… Continue reading

Easter, Astronomy, and Slippery Dates

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“Easter is early this year.” Have you heard that recently? In 2016 Easter occurs on March 27.) In our culture most holidays have either a set calendar date, such as December 25, or… Continue reading

The Trail Of Tears

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I’ve been working on a story featuring a woman left alone with her children while her husband fights the Civil War and an Ojibwa indian who befriends her.  I’m setting the book in… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: On the Marches at Shrewsbury

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Despite several trips to the UK, I have not yet traveled to Shropshire. My interest in the area is based solely upon one of my favorite historical fiction series, the Brother Cadfael novels… Continue reading

Forgery and the Corruption of History

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I confess to being a document fanatic. My husband and I have pored over original documents in state, local, and national archives. Other people collect objects. We collect paper—copies of our finds of… Continue reading

Travels through Historical Fiction: From Sarum to Salisbury

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Salisbury, England 1992 – We walked up the narrow street toward the old city wall where heavy wooden doors with iron bindings and large ring handles stood open, inviting both pedestrian and vehicular… Continue reading

The National Road & The True Gateway to the West

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Steubenville, OH and how it was, according to present day Steubenville residents, the real gateway to the west, long before St. Louis adopted the title. I… Continue reading

A Brief Tour of Steubenville, OH

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I had to go out of town last weekend for a wedding in southern Ohio. This was home to a large chunk of my ancestors–Monroe and Belmont counties, along the Ohio river– and… Continue reading

Moroccan Discovery

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For authors of historical fiction, research is a time consuming, but critical element that lends  authenticity to their work. Some hate it while others are completely absorbed in the wonders of tracking down… Continue reading

The Draft Riots of 1863

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Most of us in America are familiar with the Military Draft, which was implemented in 1940 prior to the Second World War and abandoned following the Vietnam War, although men between the ages… Continue reading