One of the joys of writing historical fiction is the gob-smacking stories I find while researching. In the second book of the Loyalist trilogy I wrote about a true story found as I researched the burning of Niagara (present-day Niagara-on-the-Lake) when the American troops ended their occupation of Fort George and headed back across the […]
Do you like holidays? How about a holiday with a purpose?
I was at a point in the rough draft of The Loyalist’s Luck (coming this fall!) where I just needed to see the battlefield for the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, a huge battle in the War of 1812-14.
IMG_0803I went to high school in the days when our curriculum was laid out for us and there was very little choice about what subjects we studied; hence, History was on my timetable for four years! And I barely endured it.
Do you have trouble checking out all the links, email post announcements and Twitter suggestions which you get in a day or a week? I certainly do. And just now, I’m having more trouble than usual what with all the posts I’m creating for my book launch, the reading of proofs for The Loyalist’s Wife, […]
I remember very clearly memorizing my speech about Joseph Brant and presenting it to my fellow Grade 8 students. Of course this was before the Internet was even thought of let alone used for research. I did mine in the school library by finding books about this illustrious man so involved in moving his people to, and opening up, present-day Southern Ontario.
That was the first speech I ever gave but the thing I remember most about it was my amazement that this native man had lived so very close to where I lived.
Dad was famous for sitting quiet in family groups as we fought to voice our adult opinions, often politically oriented, and then, just as the spinning top of our discussion would begin to slow, he would quietly speak the words, his words, of summation, of considered opinion, and of brilliance.