18 November, 2014

Winning My Wings

As a historical fiction writer, one of the most time consuming things I do is research. Sometimes this doesn’t disrupt the flow of a story. I can get a rough draft out and then add in the touches that make the moment come alive.

Other times the entire story depends on the tiniest of details. Timelines matter and it has to be accurate.

Currently, I am working on a story about WWII featuring the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the Ghost Army. Before I can get too far into the plot, a lot of research is needed.

I am trying to get more into the day to day of both of these extraordinary groups. I want to know as much as I can about them, to reach the stories beyond the clichés and the known, to the small details that will bring the men and women who served to life.

I strive to be an accurate historian. I want my stories to be educational, real and engaging. The characters should seem ripped from the moment. The reader should feel like they are there. I want to be known for my historical accuracy. The book should seem as if it were a biography and not a work of fiction.

So I research. I call libraries. I seek out those who served and their families for details, letters, diaries, personal touches.

And while I wait for information, I read – a lot!

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