This book is second in a series, but also stands alone. The time setting of The Hidden Man is controlled by its predecessor, which was set against the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Moving the next book to 1915 allowed me to keep Randall Blackburn as my leading man, but also advance the ages of Shane and Vignette, who are twelve and nine in The Last Nightingale, to that of a twenty-one year old young man and a young woman of nineteen for The Hidden Man. This gave each of them substantially more ability to affect the story with their actions. The nine year leap ahead in time also placed the setting at the beginning of San Francisco’s glorious coming-out party after the decimation of the 1906 quake. The Panama-Pacific International Exhibition made for a grand story backdrop.
As for being a historical writer, I just love working with good story material and am quite happy to go wherever it leads, into the past or here in the present time.