Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Three New R's--Road trip for Research in Rochester!

Thanks to a fabulous writing/blog buddy (thanks Miss Recently Repped!), I have a place to stay as I ramp up my research for my next book. Who would have guessed that historical fiction would be my bag? Somehow, falling into the 1850s was just as natural as falling off my horse (well, easier--I've got a pretty good seat!)

While I hold my breath a little longer, waiting for word on my first historical fantasy, now in the most capable of editorial hands, I am finally kicking up the energy to explore my next tale of historical spooks. Maggie Fox made a brief appearance in that worthy tome, so now I'm considering giving her the spotlight for a bit, and it's down to digging up details. I've read a lot about the Fox sisters and looked up maps and information about Rochester and spent a lot of time on WorldCat trying to locate some primary and secondary sources, but I really need to go spend some time there, soak in the city.

Another big thanks to Nancy Rubin Stuart whose fabulous book and generous guidance gave me a little more insight into where to take my next step. I'm still floundering a bit as to exactly where the plot will go and from whence it will begin, but it will come. All it takes is a word or a phrase or some whisper of an idea. Who knows, maybe the ghosts of Kate and Maggie Fox will pay me a visit while I'm there!

The best news is, I'll be writing again!


  1. Oh, it is sooo exciting to be on the trail of a new story! If you dig, the plot will come!

    Say hello to Deena for me! Hanging with another writer - also way fun.

  2. Yay! And your research sounds SO interesting. You could visit my YA section at the library -- and I told Kate you'll be here and she said she'd love to meet you, too!

  3. Yay!!! - I'm glad you are finding your calling. Sounds like a fun research trip - staying with a friend who is also a fellow writer and visiting and finding out more about your character. You sound like you are definitely on the move there. Have fun - see you in the postings - E :)

  4. You're the second person I know who's finished writing her first novel and is now in the process of researching her second novel -- both a work of historical fiction. What time period, MA? I love historical fiction. I love being transported to another time period. Best of luck with it.

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Joyce, I'll say hi to Deena for you, although you just missed each other here!

    Deena, I can't wait!

    Elysabeth, I hope there is much to be revealed on this trip!

    Stella, believe it or not, this will actually be my third novel. My first had been through the initial round of rejections while I started my second. Now after a little revision, it is also awaiting judgement from another publishing house. Imagine that...2 books at 2 different houses--dare I dream? Book #2 is far superior just for the fact that it was my second and I've been honing my craft all along. I had so much more confidence by the time I started it because I had complete one before!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. This is the best time, when the excitement for a new project kicks in. Best of luck with it, and enjoy that road trip!

  7. Wow, cool! Have a great time! There's no better feeling than starting a new project.

  8. I love the research stage of writing.


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