After a weekend of rolling edits on a long draft of my novel, my eyes will no longer focus!
Especially after staring at a screen like this all day. Or yes, staring out the window in a daze waiting for my muse...
Even though my mind is full of my heroine's story world that looks like this: (I still need a break!)
I find that a diversion into reality (or history) helps refocus. What better fun than diving into some historical research to get those creative juices flowing? I've had a family Bible handed down to me through a great aunt, and it's been begging me to do some research. It's an 1849 English/German print.
I tried to find the ancestors on Ancestry.com a few years ago and came up empty-handed. But this time, I finally hit a cache of documentation! Eeeee! As I search, I'm not only looking for family history, but ideas for another novel, or some secondary characters. So, as I open the cover the fun begins with the names. I imagine the lives lived and the hands that have held this book. I have to admit a certain glee that I might be creating my very own Who-Do-I-Think-I-Am? episode, since I an a WDYTYA addict.
Who's ever heard of a name like Emma Laverza? Do you think she loved her unique name, or kept it on the down low? I wonder what her quill and ink bottle looked like--check out that scrolling! And could that really be gold leafing between the pages?? Where on earth might that have originated?
As I researched through the early history of Berks County, Pennsylvania, I found ancestors who were wheelwrights, printers, and indigo dyers. Did you know that in 1827 Philadelphia indigo dyers made $5 a week, while spoolers and bobbin winders only made $1 a week? I also learned that a rolling mill made sheets of steel or metal. I shot off an email to a fellow researcher of the family names in the Bible. I may just have to plan a road trip to PA with Erica and Gabrielle for a museum hop! Jaime, are you ready to brainstorm a story!?
This German script note is pinned between the pages. I know German, but can't decipher this old hand written message. Was it a secret message? A wedding date? A sweet remembrance? I may have to hire an expert!
Many readers love to read Historical Romance because they get to learn about history through the eyes of the heroine and hero.
What are your favorite historical things to read about in fiction?
What is the most interesting historical fact you've learned from fiction? Do you have favorite centuries or decades to read about?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
Represented by Sarah Freese, WordServe Literary