Writing a historical novel means research. A lot of research. It’s imperative to get the details as accurate as possible because someone, somewhere, will know if you don’t. For a history buff, finding a historically impossible, or even improbable, detail in a story is like finding a slice of onion on your peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
My currant WIP (that’s writer speak for Work In Progress) involves the Quaker migration from the slaveholding southern states to the Northwest Territory – then Ohio and Indiana – in the early 1800s. The Quakers, who referred to themselves as The Society of Friends, did not celebrate Christmas. Not at all. They didn’t rank any day of the year more important than any other day. They believed that Christ’s birth, crucifixion, and resurrection should be commemorated every day of the year.
So as much as I wanted to deck the halls and have my characters smooching under the mistletoe… it couldn’t happen. They had to settle for a frosty sleigh ride instead.
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