Funds for People of the Bayou

Fans of “Bayou Fire,” now is a literal opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. Please consider donating to this GoFundMe to help those most affected by Hurricane Ida.

French Quarter block by block

The city of New Orleans cannot and will not exist without a thriving Louisiana.

Ida and the longtime lack of interest in offering meaningful, resilient infrastructure for these small fishing and farming places did a whopper on our neighbors homes and businesses; the fundraiser below is leading the efforts to get real help to those families and communities right now.

We are raising cash money to put in the hands of people in our bayou communities who have lost their homes. We have already started handing out $400 cash payments. Please help us continue this operation.

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The Limits of Limelight

The Limits of Limelight

A fascinating look at how author Margaret Porter researches her 20th C. historicals. Enjoy!

All about historical fiction

I’ve known Margaret Porterfor several years and have admired her writing as well as her kindness and support to other writers in the historical fiction community.

Not long ago, I had the pleasure of reading her latest novel The Limits of Limelight. Like Margaret’s earlier novel Beautiful Invention, the story of Hedy Lamarr, The Limits of Limelight transports the reader to the Golden Age of Hollywood, a world of glamour and glitter where the stars were beholden to their studio bosses and wannabe stars struggled to be discovered.

I asked Margaret several questions about her novels and her writing.

  • What fascinates you about the golden age of Hollywood?

It’s my father’s fault. He was a massive fan of cinema, and never stopped watching the classic black and white movies of his youth. So I was very familiar with them as well, and all the great stars of…

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Yes, But How Did It Smell? @JMmystery — Buried Under Books

Jeanne Matthews is happy to announce the arrival of a new historical mystery, Devil by the Tail, released in July 2021.  Jeanne has a yen for travel and a passion for mythology, which she works into her novels whenever she can.  Originally from Georgia, Jeanne lives in Washington State with her husband, a law professor, […]

Yes, But How Did It Smell? @JMmystery — Buried Under Books

Click through for an interesting article on how we describe smells when we write.

State of the Author: An Update

Hi, everyone. First, thank you to those who expressed condolences for the loss of Marmalade and Penelope. It was indeed a hard blow to us, and we’ve been more than a little paranoid about the rest of the colony. My husband and our housemate cut down the oleander tree and dug out the oleander bush in the yard at my request; we don’t know that they were the cause, but I felt better. (Oleander is poisonous, for those who don’t know). The oleander was planted by my late mother-in-law and we’ve had the colony for five years without an incident like this … but I’d still rather be safe than sorry.

Also, thanks to those who expressed sympathy for my recent pain management issues. I spent three days on “the big guns,” as I call my scrip; it really was that bad. I am much better today, but very tired; the most common side effects of my scrip is fatigue, but it also kind of messes up your sleep pattern because you’re off to bed early or napping for several hours during the day. As a result, last night I slept for two hours starting at 6:30 PM and then was wide awake until 12:30 AM — with a 5 AM alarm as I’m physically in the office today. I finished an entire novel last night.

If I thought I could get away with it, I’d curl up on the floor under my desk!

Anyway, I appreciate all of you more than you will ever know. Thank you.

The Value of Historical Fiction

The Value of Historical Fiction

Historical fiction, as pointed out in this article, is often about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events … and they often wind up with a wake-up call that helps them understand they’re on the “wrong side of history.” Read on for a fascinating dialogue about the matter!

All about historical fiction

A couple of weeks ago, a friend, I’ll call her Ruby, and I exchanged thoughts on historical fiction. Ruby was reflecting on an article by Cullen Murphy in The Atlantic titled “No, Really, Are We Rome?” This article talks about how normal life continued even as the Roman empire was deteriorating, drawing parallels with today. The author contends that ‘corrosive change can be hard to see while it’s happening.’

Ruby, who had just finished my latest novel, Paris In Ruins, said: “So, the one aspect of this article that made me think about historical fiction is that you tell a story about normal people, doing mostly normal things during some significant historical period, but also intertwine their experiences with the historical events happening (such as the Franco-Prussian War and so on) … [similarly] normal lives continued during the downfall of the Roman Empire, people continued to work, to run…

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