I've always loved history, but when I started writing I wrote contemporary stories. I thought all the research to write a historical would be hard and complicated. Well, maybe it is a little, but it's also fun and invigorating. My first full length time travel romance, My Heart Will Find Yours, a Cactus Rose, will be out later this year.
The idea popped into my head on a trip to Durango, Colorado as we rode the train to Silverton.
For a short time I considered having my heroine ride into Silverton on that hazardous winding road on a stagecoach. But, after a ride on one, I decided I didn't want to put my heroine through that much pain. Even though she was a young woman, it wouldn't be easy. For one my age, early sixties, it would be agony. Can you imagine a woman with bladder problems? As you can see from my photograph, I gave up sitting inside and climbed up on top with the men. It was much more comfortable up there.
As the story progressed, I moved the location to Waco, Texas, near where I live. I grew in the area with it's rich history. The time period is 1880. Several books I found to be very helpful were Everyday Life in the Wild West by Moulton and Everyday Life in the 1880s by McCutcheon. I also found loads of information on the internet.
Bottom line, I had fun, so much so that I decided to write a short time travel set in 1888, A Law of Her Own. It came out on Wednesday, August 27th.
So, here's to research!