I absorb myself in research to learn as much as I can about the setting for my historical novels and novellas. But I have also found a treasure trove of truth life historical figures with which to populate my stories. Often times, instead of inventing my own characters, I have borrowed citizens from the actual local and time period. I have done this which each of my published novels and novellas to date.
In my novella “Carving the Future” in Colonial Courtships I needed a family with a good solid name,
Pattern for Romance (1769, Boston, Massachusetts)
Sometimes God's pattern for our lives can lead us somewhere unexpected.
Honour Metcalf's quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager's niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan.