The incredibly lovely Sarah Zama, a fellow historical fiction author, invited me to write a guest post for her dieselpunk blog, The Old Shelter! When I was working on Spellbound, one of my go-to research resources was New York historical newspapers. In my guest post, I share 1920s advertisements for things found in Spellbound–and a spoiler-free peek at two things that will be found in the upcoming Magic in Manhattan #2!
Hint: It wasn’t grammar. (It’s still not grammar. Sorry, editors.)
This post was requested by a friend planning to do Nanowrimo (a yearly challenge to write a 50K novel–or your own “rebel” goal–in a month). My confession is that despite three attempts, I’ve never “completed” Nanowrimo. But after some false starts, I did manage to finish a novel, and my friend asked how I finally pushed past the roadblocks. And when I told them some of what worked for me, they asked me to put it in a blog post and share with everyone. So here goes. 🙂
In celebration of Spellbound’s upcoming release, Harlequin and Carina Press invited me to blog about why I set the novel in the 1920s and some of the real history behind Spellbound’s paranormal Prohibition.
My post is over at the Carina Press blog, where I dive into how Spellbound got its Roaring Twenties setting and some of the real New York City history that influenced the novel, like Fifth Avenue mansions and the Coney Island Wonder Wheel.