By Piper Huguley
According to the wonderful historical romance author Beverly Jenkins, it’s a nice thing for a historical writer to be able to take a research trip. So, whenever the Riggins family goes go to a zoo for DS to have fun, I try to get in a research trip. So I had the pleasure of going to Charleston and meeting up with my wonderful friend Julie Hilton Steele. The aim of our trip was to see an exhibit in the oldest museum in the United States, The Charleston Museum.
The exhibit was about how characters in fiction dressed. They allowed us to stay as long as we wanted in the exhibits and I’m sure that everyone thought we were crazy–taking pictures of everything. The best thing of all was that they had a hoopskirted outfit to try on. I was in heaven! I had written about my heroine, (Amanda in The Preacher’s Promise) in her huge hoop skirts. This was the very opportunity to see if my descriptions were correct! And they were! When I sat down in the hoop skirt, I forgot to hold it down and the hoop skirts flew up in my face! So thank goodness Amanda knew better to hold her skirts down when she sat…:)
More about my research trip next week….
Piper G Huguley is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. Book one in her new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and will be self-published in summer 2014.
She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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