Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Change of Pace and... Would You Rather?

On Monday of this week I turned in the content edits for the debut novel, which used to be called Willa (I did announce it as the final title. And it was. Until it wasn't. So I'll be announcing another title. Eventually.).

Anyway, the content edits for The Novel That Must Shortly Be Named are turned in and while I'm waiting to hear if they pass muster (or will need a round two) and then for the line edits to arrive, I'm turning my attention to my second contracted book, which needs a good polishing before its deadline in January.

Turning from New York to Western North Carolina (present day eastern Tennessee), from 1784 to 1787. Very refreshing. I've loved all the time I've spent with Willa, Neil, and Joseph (and there will be much more of it in the weeks to come), but now I can't wait to visit again with Jesse, Tamsen, and Cade.

I'm also writing a Historical Note for the first book, to explain in a little more depth a few aspects of Revolutionary War history, and a few historical characters, that strongly influenced the story and my fictional characters, in the Mohawk Valley of 1784.

So I have a Would You Rather Question for you. Do you like Historical Notes, or Author's Notes as a part of historical fiction, or would you rather let the story speak for itself and go hunting down more information on your own, if you're so inclined?

If you fall into the camp (as I do) that loves all the historical notes they can get at the end of a work of historical fiction, are you happy to see a short bibliography of research sources included as well?

Okay, that was two questions! Please let me know what you think in the comments. I'd love to hear what you have to say. And anything else pertaining to extras that could be included after The End of a novel. Thanks!

photo by dherman1145 via Flickr

Monday, November 19, 2012

Colonial Quills has a Christmas Present for You!

We're offering a holiday gift to our readers over at Colonial Quills. Through mid-January we have NINE authors contributing to a serial anthology of Christian historical fiction. Three of the chapters have already gone live--Carrie Fancett Pagels's, Susan F. Craft's and Carla Olson Gade's contributions.

Here is the schedule: Click here  Follow the links in the schedule to read each part of the three serials posted.

A Forted Frontier Holiday:  A Colonial American Fiction Anthology
While harvesting, the German settlement near New Market, Virginia receives warning of an impending attack by French and Indians war parties. They flee to a quickly cobbled refuge, Fort Providence—for they will surely need to rely on God’s Provision. The forted colonials long to celebrate the holidays and await the arrival of visitors.
Each CQ contributor to this serial will bring their characters into the fort from throughout colonial America. Join us for A Forted Frontier Holiday each Monday on CQ for the next two months!

There is a giveaway associated with EACH serial post.  Leave a comment on each one to be entered for a book by Laura FrantzSusan Craft, and/or Carla Olson Gade.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's All in My Head... Still!

Sometimes an author will communicate stuff about the fiction writing craft that, while it isn't new in concept, is put into language that suddenly clicks on a deeper level, and I can better put it to use

Wired For Story by Lisa Cron did that for me.

If you'd like a taste of what Lisa has to offer in Wired For Story, check out her post from last week at Writer Unboxed, 2 Ways Your Brain is Wired to Undermine Your Story – And What To Do About It.

She writes about something I'm learning in a big way as I journey through my first content edit experience: just because something is loud and clear in my head, concerning character or plot, doesn't necessarily mean it's clear on the page. Or even there at all. 

In fact a time or two I managed to convey something very different than what I intended. 

Have you read Wired For Story? Did you find it helpful, too? 

Wired For Story at Amazon

(I was given a copy of this book and am under no obligation to promote it. I just can't help myself.)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Research on the fly

How-to videos on Youtube are an indespensable research tool. I know all you writers know that. I just had to give a shout out today for the ease and convenience of it all.

Here's one I used a few minutes ago to help me write a new scene that edits call for in the debut novel.

Thanks The Hills Health Ranch and Farrier Ron Burfoot (and Honey).

Friday, November 02, 2012

America's Oldest Brands, at CQ

This week at Colonial Quills I talked about America's oldest brands and businesses.

If you missed that post, head on over and check it out here, and be sure to snag one of my favorite muffin recipes (made with flour from one of the oldest businesses in the country, of course!).

Just how old some of those brands are surprised me. How many of the businesses and brands on my list could you have named?