Tag Archives: historical romance

Musings on the Depth of Beauty P-Q-R

P is for Paper Son No matter the time in history or place of origin, immigrants in search of a better life will go to almost any lengths to secure it—even if it means circumventing the law.  To protect American jobs during a slumping economy, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which meant […]

Musings on the Depth of Beauty M-N-O

During the course of researching my historical novel The Depth of Beauty, I came across scads of fascinating facts that I’ve been sharing over time. Here are a few more relating to Chinatown:   M is for Mornay Sauce To illustrate the shallow world in which Will Firestone lives, I begin the novel with his wealthy […]

Musings on the Depth of Beauty J-K-L

J IS FOR JACK LONDON I inserted the novelist Jack London as a “walk on” character in The Depth of Beauty because he was a San Francisco native and is well known to readers today.  His iconic novel, The Call of the Wild (written in 1903) had already made him famous by 1906.  The novel […]

Musings on The Depth of Beauty G-H-I

G is for Guandong In the Depth of Beauty, most of the Chinese immigrants hail from Guandong province, and the novel touches upon the stirrings of revolution in China. Guandong province lies on the coast of the South China Sea in the People’s Republic of China.  Its capital, Guanzhou, (known to westerners at one point […]

When in Italy, Drink Like an Italian

My soon-to-be-released romantic suspense novel, The Lair, takes place in Verona, Italy.  Since I’m not Italian (except in my heart), I knew I had to bone up on all things Veronese, including the city itself (which I was fortunate enough to visit), the culture, the language, and of course, the food and drink.  So imagine […]

Advice from a Pro: Get Real! (even if you made it up)

One of the presenters at this year’s Idaho Writer’s Rendezvous was the novelist Ciji Ware. (http://cijiware.com.) She’s known for sink-your-teeth-into sagas that explore little known, but fascinating female historical figures, like the fourth Duchess of Gordon (Island of the Swans) and the many English women playwrights who flourished in the 18th century (Wicked Company). Ms. […]