Creating That Historical Feel Class starts Monday!

Creating That Historical Feel Class starts Monday!

I’m teaching Creating That Historical Feel again through Margie Lawson’s Writing Academy! If you or someone you know is new to writing historical fiction or is having trouble with their historical novel “feeling” historical, come join us. Here are the details: When: Oct. 6-Oct. 31 Where: online at Margie Lawson’s Writing Academy Cost: $50 Course […]

Online Class: Creating That Historical Feel

Online Class: Creating That Historical Feel

Have you always wanted to try writing a historical novel but feared you couldn’t put all the pieces together? I know that feeling–and have worked through it several times. Now I’m teaching a class on how to do just that! When: May 5-30, 2014 Where: online at www.margielawson.com How much: $40 Here’s the class description […]

Gardner’s Candies giveaway

Gardner’s Candies giveaway

Tomorrow night I’m doing a talk at the historical society where I did much of the research for A Home for My Heart, so I thought what better time for a giveaway! One of the “real” landmarks I inserted into A Home for My Heart was Gardners’ candies store. The first store opened in 1897 in a […]

On ACFW Blog

On ACFW Blog

I’m on the ACFW Blog today with a post called:   It’s partly about research, partly about faith and life.  I’d love for you to click over and visit!  

Tangible History

I was talking with someone not long ago about things that defined me. One of the things that came to mind was my love of history. I’ve always enjoyed discovering things about the past. Growing up, that was mostly from books. But on those rare occasions we visited a battle site or a presidential birthplace, […]

Did You Know . . .

Did You Know . . .

In 1916, A cast iron, medium-sized range, with cooktop and stove, able to burn both wood and coal, cost about $25 from Sears. A new Ford or Chevrolet cost $345-$550, depending on the model and features. A loaf of bread cost about 5 cents. A Silvertone phonograph cost $5.95 from Sears. Minimum wage was 16 […]

Research Day!

Research Day!

I left home early this morning to spend the day in the research room at the Oklahoma Historical Society. I have no idea what I’ll find there, but I know what I hope to find. I hope to find pictures to inspire characters. Pictures or descriptions of daily life in Oklahoma during the Great War. […]

At Every Turn – The Backdrop

Thanks for coming back for another installment previewing At Every Turn! If you missed the post about the main characters, you can find it here. Today, I want to tell you about one of the main backdrops of the story–auto racing! Yes, there was auto racing in 1916. In fact, it was quite an event! There […]

Adventures in Research

I spent Thursday and Friday of last week researching. In fact, I’m headed back to the library to look through old newspapers this morning, too. I came looking for specifics about the Huntingdon Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, a private “orphanage” that began in the late 1800s but did so much more than take […]

Google Books to Kindle

A month or so ago, my friend and fellow writer Laurie AliceEakes posting on Colonial Quills about how to use Google books for research. I’d dabbled in Google books, but her article helped me figure out how to find what was really useful to me. But I still wasn’t happy. I could read those old […]