Historical romance author Jessie Clever shares a bit of the historical research she finds when writing her Regency suspense novel series, The Spy Series.
We’re venturing through the Victorian era just now as I work on my latest manuscript. I’ve been researching women’s clothing in this period as I’ve never taken the time to really look at it. I’ve studied Regency era clothing to no end (including drawers and knickers), but never Victorian period clothing. And as with everything… more
I read an earth shattering book recently that has me completely rethinking my approach to Victorian research for my current work in progress. It was a novel written in very much the same way a Victorian novel would have been written. It was unsettling and uncomfortable and when I read the author’s note at the… more
Victorians were odd. Have I said that already? Although I picture future historians looking back on our age and thinking, why did everyone take so many pictures of themselves? A narcissistic lot that was. So I take murder tourists with the same grain of thought and understanding that at the time, this all made sense.… more
An interesting tidbit I picked up while researching the Victorian era is one I could not help but stick into my current work in progress. It’s such a minor thing that one could miss, it all but begged to be a pivotal point in a mystery. So I made it one. Thieves in this era,… more
My research has propelled me forward into the Victorian era, a time period rich with innovation, discovery, and downright oddity. Like today’s topic: the bathing machine. Victorian thinking could not be stretched so far as to think a woman might actually enjoy a dip into the ocean, romping through the waves, or, God forbid, swimming. … more
I’ve moved into the Victorian era in my research, and I think it necessary for historians to label the entire era with a giant warning: freaky stuff happened here! In my recent romp through Liz Picard’s Victorian London, I stumbled on several unsettling facts. The first of which I’ll be describing here my leave you… more
I recently told my husband that I was having an affair, and not with one, but two different guys. They call themselves the Bowery Boys, and they like to talk about the history of New York City on a regular basis. Like every week when I download their latest podcast to my iPhone. I stumbled… more