I had foot surgery recently and have been laid up almost completely – no pressure on the foot for 4 weeks. Given that I’ll be in this rather potato-like state for a while, I decided to hold my breath, make a wish and dive in to an Evangelina Takes Flight sequel.
I’ve had some ideas floating around my head for a sequel but didn’t have enough, or in any order to make for an entire storyline, that is, until I found myself with all this time on my hands (not on my feet).
Writing a historical fiction is a serious commitment due to the amount of research that has to be done on top of the story development and writing itself. Four chapters in and I already love where the story is leading me. And the research – the surprising and illuminating research! There’s at least one thing on every page I have to check into.
The story is set in 1914.
- When did the position of sheriff become an elected one?
- When did murder “by degrees” come into being?
- What kinds of food would have been typical in southwest county jails?
- Who was the first female Mexican-American doctor in the US and what was her journey to success like?
- What exactly was happening in the Mexican Revolution that year?
- Are there any cases in US history of curanderos (or “healers”) from Mexico being tried for witchcraft?
- What would a smart-looking and not too overdone ladies hat have looked like; what would it have been made of and adorned with?
- Were there many (if any) female reporters in the newspaper industry and what did they write about?
Evangelina Takes Flight was bestowed with some notable awards due to its historical authenticity, and I pledge to take as much care with the research on the sequel. I have so much to learn, and oh, what fun it will be!
PS: the photo is of Luna (and Diego in the background). They’ve been good company while I recuperate and type, type, type.