This week I've been taking the historical events and weaving them together into an outline with the fictional story in my head. I've also begun writing: I'm a whopping five pages into this new novel, but the beginning is one of the most difficult parts of a project as all the facts and ideas swirling in my head must be sorted out and brought to life.
Of course, all this Civil War research is taking its toll. I found myself awake in the middle of the night contemplating South Carolina's Nullification Crisis of 1832 pertaining to the tariffs placed on exports of Southern goods and the relationship of this situation to the eventual secession of the state. Scary, right? Just a little insight into the mind of a historical fiction novelist.
I'm not ready to disclose details on this project as it is still in the development phase, and before you ask, I have no idea what the projected release date for this novel will be. Time constraints and the level of historical research involved will likely slow down the completion of this book, but I will keep you posted as it evolves.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying the challenge and thrill of beginning a new novel, and if you haven't already read my series, Of Wind and Sky, perhaps you can find a quiet corner to hide away in on these cold blustery days!