Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Send More Women!

In researching  early Louisiana history, I discovered some racy stuff. Well, a little racy. Those bold Frenchmen who sought their fortune in a wild and unknown country found themselves daunted by one particular trial: no women. It was hard to … Continue reading

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WRITERLY DECISIONS

The process for writing historical novels generally goes like this. You happen up on something that intrigues you. You do the research – lots of it, more than you can use. You ponder characters and plots. You dream about them. … Continue reading

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No More Books About Slavery

I’ve just finished my last books about slaves and slavery. Elysium, Book IV of the Plantation Series is now out, and in a few days, Orchid Island will be available too. And that’s it for me. I’ve written all I … Continue reading

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Revolvers in 1867

It seems pistols in 1867 had no safety catches. Apparently, lots of guns still don’t. My source is the great and infallible internet, so it must be true. I’m writing about Reconstruction days when the Knights of the White Camellias … Continue reading

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A White Woman Writing Black History

A reader has asked me by what lights should I, a white woman, be writing about Afro-Americans, slavery in particular.  Once I get all of the flip answers out of my system, what it comes down to is that people … Continue reading

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Lazy Woman’s History

My favorite way of consuming history is through novels. Yeah, it’s the lazy readers way. I do read non-fiction, too, but it’s so much more fun to have a cast of well-drawn characters move through the landscape with some well-researched … Continue reading

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Here’s what literary fiction looks like.

Here’s what literary fiction looks like. These examples are from The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. . . . she would reveal to us in her storytelling voice that salmon dreamed of mountain passes and the brown faces of … Continue reading

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Theena’s Landing

I Theena’s Landing. , my new novel, is probably best described as historical women’s fiction with romance elements.  It’s set on the Miami River in the 1800s among the exotic blooms, tropical breezes, and blue skies of South Florida.  Three … Continue reading

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