San Francisco: The Barbary Coast and Chinatown

My previous post sets the stage for my novel, FORGIVEN. In FORGIVEN, Kula's first experience of San Francisco is most unfortunate, as she is abandoned by a thief in the heart of the Barbary Coast. She's lucky to have landed there in the light of day, for this was not a place safe for proper young ladies. She makes her way out of that neighborhood only to wander into Chinatown. The poor, the … [Read more...]

San Francisco: Gold and Growth Before 1906

Over the next few weeks I'm running  a series on San Francisco at the turn of the last century, culminating with the Great Earthquake of 1906. My novel FORGIVEN is set in San Francisco in 1906. Here's how I describe the city as Kula finds it: “The Spanish named San Francisco for a saint. The Celestials met their Demons on its streets. Called Golden Mountain by those in the Middle Kingdom, it … [Read more...]