COVID-19 and American Memory

The last romantic comedy I read (Shipped by Angie Hockman...super fun, I recommend it!) was set in 2019. The publishing industry runs a couple years behind "real time," so despite its 2021 release, the novel was likely written well before 2019. But it also felt like a very deliberate decision to set the book before the …

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Saturday Six #23: Twentieth Century Historical Fiction

I didn’t realize the 20th century had become such a popular setting for historical fiction, until I looked back and saw that six of the last seven I’ve read fit that description, all of which I've read this year. Honestly, this gives me a boost of confidence, considering my finished novel and the one I’m …

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Saturday Six #15: Freighter Fun Facts

Sometimes I’m on the fence about doing research for my historical novels. I absolutely love making discoveries that will fit into the books, but I confess to being a terrible nonfiction reader. It takes me forever to complete research, whether using primary or secondary sources, and I get distracted very easily. It’s a wonder I …

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