Research, Research, Research

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As an author I find that research is the key to an engaging novel. Especially if you realism. i love research. I get to learn more than the average person. I have recently settled on writing in one specific genre – historical fiction.
This plays well because I love history. While researching for my novels I have found that most of what we are taught in schools is wrong. I feel that in my books it is my duty to inform of the way things were not what we were taught they were like. For instance, the Puritans were more interesting than were given credit for. They had more sumptuous meals than what many of us enjoy today. Oh and the color black was almost never worn. As for holidays they weren’t celebrated because that was seen as making one day more important than the other days, and every day was seen as one to celebrate.
Learning all of this makes me wonder what else we haven’t been taught. Well I guess it’s on to learning about the lost colony of Roanoke and seeing what else I can learn and then share in my novels!
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A New Venture

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Earlier in the year I picked up a new hobby. Beading. What a wonderful world it is too. The versatility involved reminds me of the books I write.

Upon seeing what I was turning out in my workshop (yes I have one of those!!), my husband encouraged me to start selling the jewelry I make. Thus Isle Breeze Creations was born.

The name was chosen because it implies relaxation and having fun. Something all hobbies should do.

I make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Single strands, multi-strands, pendants, and historically reminiscent pieces. When showing my pieces to a neighbor she said, “This is fancy costume jewelry! You have something here.”

An example of my work includes the following image. I hope you get as much pleasure from these pieces as you do my writing.

If you are interested in seeing the pieces as they are coming out, feel free to follow Isle Breeze Creations on Facebook.

For those of you that are wondering, this new venture doesn’t take away from my writing. My Latest novel, Fall From Grace, is due out this Halloween.

Happy Creating and Reading!

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