Most of what I write is modern-day (paranormal romance & urban fantasy), so this piece challenged me a bit. I have a background in Microbiology but what we know today hadn’t yet been discovered back in the early 1900’s. Science is a huge part of modern medicine and there are certain processes for determining the etiology of diseases these days and treatments that weren’t yet a part of patient care.
I have a decent understanding of pandemic flu and emergency response, but in preparation for this story I watched a number of documentaries and read through some physician progress notes from that time period.
Never having written anything related to witchcraft, I found myself having to scour the internet and ask the group for some guidance.
Overall it was a great experience for me, going outside of my comfort zone. I enjoyed working with all the very talented authors in the group.
Sue, very interesting. I enjoy reading historical fiction, mostly because it seems like I’m transported to a fantasy world, but its all in the details, fantasy or historical. Your ancestors lived in a very interesting time. Both novel ideas sound fascinating. I hope your husband likes his gift J
Kathi, I’ve never tackled a historical fiction yet. I do have an idea for one that I wrote a few pages for, but I haven’t had time to do the research and it’s still an UF. I bet I’d have a similar problem. I was writing something taking place in the 90’s once and had them using cell phones (I was writing in the 2000’s) and was all… doh… some people had them, but not many.
Keri, that would make it interesting, knowing all the things we know, yet not really being able to apply them to the story.
Devin, what a neat way to discover and incorporate interesting facts that many of us might not have known otherwise J Super cool.
RQ, wow, that’s really neat. If they do an English version of that MS let us know. I’d love to find out more about it. I had no idea.
Thanks everyone for your great answers!
So, what’s the neatest thing everyone learned in their research? Were you able to apply it to your stories?
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