… And helps with historical treatment.
I hated history in my youth. But now? I love research. It takes my mind to places that existed long before and can exist again in a historical novel.
The Library of Congress – Historical Newspapers – can take you back to the late 1800’s. I needed 1901 so I found myself in good shape (except I spent hours upon hours finding interesting articles that had nothing to do with my MS, The Last Bordello.) Once I focused, ALL these articles played a pivotal role in my plot line. (I had many more, these are just a few.)
Let’s start with the secondary, still-important, characters and work our way down to Madam Fannie Porter.
Now, for a sense of place:
The politicians, Mayor Hicks, former Mayor Bryan Callaghan, Captain James Van Riper:
The “then” never solved murder of Helen Madarasz.
Now, Madam Fannie Porter:
If you are writing historical fiction, The Library of Congress is a great place to start!