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How Important is Historical Accuracy in Historical Writing?

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 More flesh comes from a rewording of historical documents.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


Launching of the Intertwined Love (a novel) Blog Site

     A Hancock County, Maine, woman recently heard an intriguingly story about the region’s history: a refugee from the French Revolution, Madame Rosalie de Leval, attempted to develop a French community in Hancock and Washington counties in 1791.

     Both the storyteller and the listener concurred that Madame’s story should be written. The woman researched Madame’s name on the Internet. In doing so, she found this blog site.

     She called me. I assured her that the story was already being written.

     Welcome to the launching of, a blog site designed to inform you about the progress of and the background of my historic romance novel, Intertwined Love. To read its synopsis click on

     To celebrate, a prize will be sent to the person making the most comments between June 15-July 4, 2010.


     I’ve worked on this project for many years. It’s finally in the “writing” stage.

     Intertwined Love evolved out of research of the East Lamoine, Maine, branch of my family genealogy.

     These ancestors—Mary Googins, daughter of Rogers and Elizabeth Welch Googins, and Louis des Isles, a refugee from the French Revolution, who married Mary in 1796, are main characters in Intertwined Love.

     des Isles descendents (Eugene des Isles, Sue, nee des Isles, and Gladys Vigent) and visits to East Lamoine introduced me to the East Lamoine’s oral history, from which I learned about Madame. Extensive research disclosed her negotiations with Gen. Henry Knox, Col. Continue reading

Moose, Goose, Deer

When Madame Rosalie de Leval arrived in what is now Hancock County, Maine, she she was thrilled to observe the many wild animals. Below is a poem I penned in the car while traveling the Maine roads, where I saw many of the pictured warning signs. 

Definitely it was not a goose!           


This beast was massive,
Certainly not passive.
While racing high speed ahead
It saw me and it stopped dead.

His eyes, locked into mine, seemed to screecher,
“You certainly are such a strange creature.
Did you ever star in a horror movie feature?”

Intimidated, into my skin I cowered.
He smiled and said his name was Howard.
This creature is nocturnal,
Perhaps too, it is paternal.

If the plural of mouse is mice,
Is the plural of moose to be Continue reading