Writing By Candlelight
I named this blog, Writing by Candlelight, because I am a historical fiction writer concentrating on the 1800s. I just love that era when life was simpler and folks made time for each other, holding social events such as quilting bees, corn huskings, state fairs, and such. Life may have been tough at times and people had to work hard, but everyone knew their neighbors and everyone looked out for one another.
My research of that era has been so fascinating. I just love the vintage clothing, hairstyles, transportation by buggies, horse-drawn sleighs in the winter, canal boat travel and more. The beautiful mansions in Utica, NY were magnificent beyond compare. Blandina Dudley Miller has written a book describing them It was one of my sources of information for my second book. I loved it so much, I printed it out for myself to have. It is digitized on the Landmark Society’s website. As of now they are refurbishing some of the buildings so as to preserve local history.
I have a soft spot in my heart for everything Victorian. All the frills, angels, nostalgic cards, laces, and the rich decorative style are heaven to my senses. I would love to decorate my whole house in Victorian.