More Rare Books: Apostolic Fathers

While we’re on the subject of rare books… another book I needed to hunt down—this time for Josiah—was an 18th century edition of the letters of Saints Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, and Polycarp of Smyrna, all… Read More

18th Century Cookbooks

Mrs. Robb, one of the main characters of my current work in progress, is an excellent cook. She was taught to cook and bake by the daughter of a French Huguenot refugee in Boston who had been a… Read More

18th Century Fashion: Where to Begin

Molly, the protagonist of my current work-in-progress, is a talented mantua-maker (the 18th century term for dressmaker). Like today’s fashion designers, Molly sees her work as art and herself as an artist. When it comes to fashion, Molly… Read More

Records of a Salem Vessel in 1803: Featured Documents from the National Archives at Boston

Speaking of Custom House… This online exhibit from the National Archives about early 19th century merchant shipping and its paper trail is amazing. I’ve referred to it again and again as I continue with Book Two revisions. From… Read More

Your Daily Nautical Inspiration: Climbing the Main Mast of a Fully-Rigged Tall Ship

The idea of climbing a mast appeals to me, though I probably wouldn’t make it past the maintop… Probably better that my character is the one doing this, not me. Heights! Eek! Hat tip to gCaptain.

Story Research: Current Go-To Books on the Bookshelf

I love perusing other people’s bookshelves. Don’t you? As a historical fiction writer, I spend much of my time doing research. Below is a sampling of the books currently sitting on my bookshelf. Have fun browsing! Bulfinch’s Boston,… Read More