The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 9 – The Jazz Age

Last time we had a look at spiritualism. Now it's time for... All That Jazz Jazz was a big part of the scene in the 1920s, especially in New York City. In SIRENS Jo Winter falls for sweet jazz musician Charlie, who moonlights as a waiter at the Algonquin Hotel. The music revolution of “the Jazz Age” is a backdrop to the Roaring Twenties and the novel. By 1920 jazz as a musical form had … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 8 – Spiritualism

The previous post discussed the radicalism that grew in the 20s. Here's something else altogether: Calling All Ghosts: Ouija Boards, Spiritualism, and Harry Houdini One of the central images of SIRENS is that of ghosts and spirits and magic. I found this facet of the 1920s by accident, but it fit so perfectly into the novel I couldn’t ignore it. Cue the spooky music... Maybe it was the … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 7 – Radicals

As I discussed in my last post, gangsters were one negative aspect of the Twenties. Here's another: The Wall Street Bombing of...1920? The Wall Street Bombing of 1920 plays an important role in SIRENS, as the brother of one of the characters died in that blast, and the brothers of two other characters may be implicated in the bombing itself. Since no one knows to this day who carried it out, … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 6 – Gangsters

Last post I talked about Prohibition. Here we see the result: 1920s: Gangsters, Gun Molls, and Gin Joints Danny Connor, in SIRENS, is a gangster. Lou is his moll, or girlfriend. While both are fictional characters, I could envision that when the very real Al Capone left New York for Chicago in 1921, someone had to fill the void, so I made up Danny. He’s not a nice man. Gangsters are not nice … [Read more...]