The Romani World: Researching a misunderstood people

Not so long ago, kids cheered the Gypsy Parisian dancer, Ezmerelda befriend a hunchback on the Disney screen. The red-tempered Carmen bewitched opera and bull-fighting fans, everywhere in the countless iterations of that Spanish tragedy. And then Hollywood got its hands on a group of American Romanichel, the U.S. branch of Irish Travelers, in the … Continue reading The Romani World: Researching a misunderstood people

Renaissance Fare — chefs of Provence ca. 1600

Among my current tasks to prepare my historic novel manuscript for its final edit, I need to locate some of the foodstuffs my protagonist, Irene, would have had available in 1630. To that end, I have found a translated handbook, the Viandier of Taillevent or "The Meaty Wind-slicer," that was compiled for the benefit of courtly … Continue reading Renaissance Fare — chefs of Provence ca. 1600

Do protagonists have to look great?

Was this ever you? Reading after lights out? Reading something you shouldn't? Or reading something with a red hot cover? I'm a sucker for a great cover, but not, typically, a face. Are faces on covers a trend that's over?Maybe that's the  publishing world taking a neutral stance on race/beauty. But somehow I doubt that. Covers … Continue reading Do protagonists have to look great?