Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Welcome to the Nineteenth Century

When you write books, you do a lot of research. It's an occupational hazard of writing. And when you write books about other times and places, you do even more research.

It's a good thing we like research, because we write historical fiction for young adults. Our books take place in the early part of the 19th century (1800-1900) and feature teen characters. Which means we had to do a lot of research about teen life in the 1800s.

But we're writing stories, not textbooks...so a lot of that research doesn't make it into our books. The thing is, most of it is really interesting, and some of it is funny, and a surprising amount will seem familiar to people in 2007.

So we're going to spend most of our time here talking about what we've learned about how teens lived in the 19th century, and what they wore and the music they listened to and how they shopped and went to school and did their hair and whatever else we've run across that's interesting. We'll sometimes also talk about writing and our books and other stuff if we feel like it. We may even invite the occasional guest to talk along with us. We hope you'll join in. If you have questions, we hope you'll ask them.

And we hope you'll come back often and have fun. We plan to.


angelarene said...

Good idea guys!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to it!

Goadingthepen said...

Can't wait to see what all you guys bring to us!


Marissa Doyle said...

Thanks for the welcome! Next post comes tomorrow.