The fun and joy of writing historical fiction is “going back” to a time in the past.
With our new draft novel, the year is 1881 on Louisiana’s frontier, commonly called “No Man’s Land.”
It’s important to look at dates, moon phases, weather (when you can find it) and “live in that era.”
That’s where I’m at. I won’t be driving a wagon with two oxen, but I am deep within that time.
I’ve been reading at local libraries, including our Alexandria Historical Library.
Another source of “local flavor” are the newspapers of the day. My novel takes place in what is now the SW corner of Rapides Parish. The main paper of the day was the Alexandria Democrat.
The Library of Congress has this paper available as PDFs.