Writing historical fiction is just as much about reading as it is writing (and re-writing). My current reading list:
1. Slaves, Peasants and Rebels: Reconsidering Brazilian Slavery by Stuart B. Schwarz
2. Greenwich Village And How It Got That Way by Terry Miller
3. Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked The Gay Revolution by David Carter
4. Children of God’s Fire: A documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil (when it arrives from Amazon)
5. And, on the recommendation of my friend Elizabeth, I am also reading Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott
The books are proving to be immensely helpful, and I am kicking myself for not buying the books earlier. I tried to be frugal and borrow books from the library, but ultimately, I ended up paying more in late fees than I did for all these books combined. Moreover, I was having the most difficult time finding books that I needed in the libraries.
Now, what I wish I was reading:Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. Its the first book in the series that was adapted into the series True Blood. I’m addicted to the show. But, when I am done reading these other books, I will treat myself to a Sookie Stackhouse novel.