I'm really happy to be one of the regular bloggers on Bustles & Spurs. I write both historical and contemporary, but I have a great love for historical fiction. One of the things that really bothers me is when the author doesn’t do enough research and has glaring errors in their books.
Details do matter. Maybe not to every reader, but to many of them, and as an author, you don’t want to disappoint a whole section of readers. You want to write compelling stories with setting, weather, clothing, and other details correct. Actually, many people learn about history by reading novels. So we want to be sure the details are correct. The story can be all totally made up, but the details need to be true.
I will be teaching a workshop at the American Christian Fiction Writers national conference a week from today in Minneapolis. My topic: Painting Historicals With Authenticity.
I will share with you one of my favorite places to find historical information. Dover Publications - http://store.doverpublications.com/ - publishes reprints of many books from the 1800s. You’ll find reproductions of Sears, Montgomery Wards, and other companies’ catalogues. They’re so valuable.
I also own a book published by Dover about underwear through the ages. Very enlightening.
As we go along with this blog, I’ll be sharing other information about where to find correct historical information.
Also, if you're not familiar with American Christian Fiction Writers, check out this site: www.acfw.com