Behind Every Good Historical Fiction is Tons of Research

What a crazy few weeks it's been! Each new phase of publication has been both labor intensive and uniquely rewarding. Now that Brokenly is being read by you, my seriously amazing readers, I'm getting all kinds of feedback and I could not be more interested in what everyone is saying.

One of the questions I keep getting is about the era and location of my book - France in the late 1870s. First off - no - I am no expert in French history. I'm an autodidact with obsessive compulsions to learn everything I can about a subject that interests me, and now I want to highlight a few of the online resources I enjoyed the most when writing my book because there are truly passionate people behind these blogs who care for history as much as I do.

There were many areas of my book where I did weeks into months of research - topics such as living without electricity, the history of French military action throughout North Africa, colonialism in India, the Napoleonic Code, and even things that can seem as trivial as how fast and far a horse can ride in a given time period, or the actual time of the sunset in early autumn of 1875. All of these things you won't find in the blogs below. Those were grinding hours of tediously won findings that were essential to make my setting believable, but what I'm going to share with you are my favorite parts of history: the random, the weird, and the little hidden gems that would be all but forgotten had an historian, or someone who cares deeply for history, not documented and shared their findings. In the acknowledgements section of my book I give due thanks to this set, because without them we would be a people without a story, and my favorite story is the one that history tells.

Without further adieu, below you'll find a few links to blogs full of interesting, bizarre, or just really awesome facts. Hope you enjoy!

Messy Nessy Chic - The random, the hidden, and the totally interesting from France & elsewhere can all be found here.
Victorian Paris - Seriously, I love this blog, and have learned some pretty crazy and crazy interesting things from it.
Party like it's 1660 - This one is earlier than my books setting, but is an insanely good blog about French history and culture. I mean, 400 year old guidelines to beauty standards telling you to put deadly nightshade in your eyes? That's just nuts.