Craft: Research

Comfortable in Alone

I’ve put Papas’ Bones away for a while. Instead, I’m concentrating on its sequel, Comfortable in Alone, which picks up fourteen years later. I’ve been writing some, but I still don’t feel comfortable with the time period, so I’m spending the majority of my time researching.

I just finished two engaging books: Some Wore Bobby Socks by Kelly Schrum which explores youth culture from 1920-1945, and Ronald Chester’s Unequal Access which is part history and part interviews about women and their law school experiences from the 1920s-1940s. Next on my list is Soldiers to Citizens & a reread of Lynn Peril’s College Girls.

I think the most difficult part about writing historical fiction is to not get so immersed in the research you forget about the story. So far that hasn’t been a problem 🙂

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