Writing historical fiction involves developing close relationships with libraries and librarians. Cathy visits The Indextrious Reader blog to talk about historical research:
Still, history books were just the beginning. I was handed file upon file bursting with old newspaper and magazine articles, essays, pamphlets, and images all sorted according to topic, and I came upon gem after gem. Where else in the world would I have unearthed a pamphlet, self published by “Red” Hill to commemorate his heroics and sold to tourists for 50 cents? Where else would I have come across an essay detailing the history of Glenview, the mansion where the book’s heroine lived?
Read more about researching the Falls here. And you won’t want to miss the Indextrious Reader’s review: “These three strands, romance, history, and the power of nature, entwine to create a richly layered novel that was hard to put down once begun.”