Not long ago my husband Monte was reading a romance novel that was part of our household clutter. In one scene the author noted the moon was full on a certain nigh.
Monte said “this information is wrong.”
He surfed the Internet. Data he found confirmed his suspicions: the moon was not full that specific night. From that point on the author lost her integrity with him.
pix of a moon
Currently I’m entrenched in writing a historical romance novel—this is its website.
It is taking me an extended amount of time. The novel began evolving about year 2000 and still remains a novel-under-construction.
The plot of the novel rests on a skeleton of historicity which includes the use of real names (Ben. Henry Knox, Gen. Henry Jackson), real events (1790s land grants), real places.
In between the reality lies information not available. This allows me to add flesh to the skeleton. More flesh comes from a rewording of historical documents. It is, so to say, speaking from the horse’s mouth.
I’ve decided that keeping to historical facts—names, places, events, conversations—is an important part of my novel. For example, I cannot have my character Rosalie meeting with Gen. Jackson in Philadelphia when he is documented to be in Boston.
Being a writer who sticks to historical facts from as many original documents as possible causes my writing to be more demanding, take more time, and be more interesting.
Numerous persons have advised me to not use real names and/or Continue reading