Tag: research

The President is Coming to Spokane!

The President is Coming to Spokane!

The year is 1901, the day, April 16. You reach for your copy of The Spokesman-Review and low-and-behold, you read that President McKinley himself is coming to Spokane, Washington! A few days later, Ohio-born Amasa Campbell, jots off a few letters to friends and family: “The President will be out to visit us about the …

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Gilded Age Tea Etiquette

Gilded Age Tea Etiquette

For those of you who weren’t able to attend our event, we had an incredible tea party this Sunday at Heavenly Special Teas, my favorite local teashop! (Learn about the next event at the bottom of this post!) I thought I’d share some of my readings concerning tea etiquette, since when I was researching for …

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Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Some of my favorite “easter eggs” to sprinkle throughout the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries are the references to events I found while reading through The Spokesman-Review for the days I’ve set the stories. At the end of one particular day in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, Marian Kenyon sits back and flips through the April 16, …

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Italian Cornbread Recipe

Italian Cornbread Recipe

Wondering what to make for Easter dinner next weekend? I’ve got an incredible, super simple, unique recipe for you! In the second book in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, Cupboards All Bared, Roslyn Carew is desperately trying to find a new cook to satiate her husband and brother-in-law’s never-ending appetites. One of the cooks that …

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Learning From History

Learning From History

“You can either run from it or learn from it.” Rafiki in The Lion King History is a tricky beast. Some say we should just forget it, hakuna matata, and all that. Others say that if we simply ignore it, we’ll never learn from it. As an historical fiction author, I land firmly in that …

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Manito Park Tour

Manito Park Tour

When writing Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, I knew I had to take my characters to Manito Park, but it wasn’t until I began researching that I learned that the park known today as “Manito Park” was originally named “Montrose Park.” Francis Cook, the owner of the land, named it “Montrose” because of the wide variety …

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