I’ve decided to take up blogging. Yeah, I know. As usual, I’m a little late to the party. But I’ve been waiting until I had something to say. You see, most days I live by the adage, “it’s best to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.” Every now and then, however, I’m willing to step forward and remove everyone’s doubts. I guess this is one of those instances.
Two of my lifelong loves are stories and the past. Even as a young child, when I read books (which was like every breathing moment), I’d gravitate toward stories written either in the past or about the past. I especially loved historical fiction and biographies—didn’t matter the time period, didn’t matter the location, as long as it was in the past.
In college, these two loves translated into a major in English and a minor in history. Could just as easily have been the other way around. Didn’t matter. As I see it, the two definitely overlap, for what is history, truly, other than stories about the past?
So, when I decided to try my hand at writing fiction, I’m sure it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me when my focus turned to historical fiction. I know of writers who veer away from the genre because of the research involved, but as far as I’m concerned, all writing takes research, and if that research is based in history, so much the better.
Along the way to writing my first novel, I uncovered all sorts of treasures and oddities that drew me down rabbit trails and away from my writing—which brings me to the purpose of this blog. Why not share some of those nuggets of research with the Web community? Something I’ve dug up may be just what another researcher needs, or if not, at least someone else might find it as interesting as I did.
So if you have a taste for history, more specifically, turn-of-the-20th-century history, stick around. Hopefully, you’ll find something you’ll like.