Bloopers

It’s inevitable! Every historical fiction author gets something wrong and I’ve made my share of blunders. Laugh or cry with me as you read my historical mishaps.

The Furlaud Love Letters

In my author's note for The Women of Chateau Lafayette I wrote that at the New York Historical Society, in a box of Beatrice Chanler's papers, I found unaddressed love letters tucked into a Valentine folder with a note that identified them as being from Maxime...

Mistakes Will Be Made

I hope I never reach a point in my career where I will feel perfectly confident dispensing literary commandments like Moses with stone tablets. But since I was raised Catholic, I thought I’d take a humbler stab at The Gospel of Historical Fiction according to...

Up or Down the Nile? Another one for the Blooper File

The Nile is a river in Egypt that empties into the Mediterranean. Its source, though hotly debated in ancient times and incorrectly theorized by King Juba II to be in ancient Mauretania, is actually (mostly) in Ethiopia. The river flows north. Consequently, when...

On the Importance of Clear Note-taking

Last week, I posted an article on historical accuracy and whether it matters. My general contention is that I won't change anything in history unless there's a very good plot reason for doing so. And even though I am willing to move a battle, I try very hard to get...

Bloopers and Historical Fantasy

When your heroine has magical abilities and you've written your book to be as accessible as possible, historical accuracy may not seem like something an author would be overly concerned with. But when it comes to my writing, I like to make sure that when I deviate...