Social Norms of 1904: A FAITHFUL Reflection

Mary's ball had been the last debut of the season, held on an August night that began so hot and still, even the flies seemed drunk with stupor...Lightning flickered on the far horizon, echoing the tiny lights strung from branch to branch in the gardens outside. Page 27, FAITHFUL My previous post discussed the fashion and food of 1904. Another fun aspect of researching historical fiction is … [Read more...]

Fashion & Food in 1904

One gown hung from the door of my wardrobe. Black and white, with lace at the throat, and tight through the waist, where a crushed satin belt was a slash of scarlet. Page 27, FAITHFUL. One of the fun things (for me) about writing historical fiction is researching food and fashion of the time. Of course I want my character's behavior to accurately reflect what she wore and what she ate (how did … [Read more...]

Trains and World Fairs: Progress in 1904

Today I'm posting the second in my series about 1904, the time period for my YA novel FAITHFUL. (For the first post, see here.) Maggie's father tells her that he is taking her across the country on a pleasure trip. In 1904, the best way to travel was by train. Maggie and her father would have traveled in first class, in a Pullman compartment, with sleeping quarters. The steam-driven locomotive … [Read more...]

Context For FAITHFUL, 1904

This is the first post in a planned series on aspects of my debut YA novel FAITHFUL. If you haven't read it, here's the skinny: In 1904 Margaret Bennet has it all – money, position, and an elegant family home in Newport, Rhode Island. But just as she is to enter society, her mother ruins everything, first with public displays, and then by disappearing. Maggie’s confusion and loss are compounded … [Read more...]