On Monday of this week I turned in the content edits for the debut novel, which used to be called Willa (I did announce it as the final title. And it was. Until it wasn’t. So I’ll be announcing another title. Eventually.).

Anyway, the content edits for The Novel That Must Shortly Be Named are turned in and while I’m waiting to hear if they pass muster (or will need a round two) and then for the line edits to arrive, I’m turning my attention to my second contracted book, which needs a good polishing before its deadline in January.

Turning from New York to Western North Carolina (present day eastern Tennessee), from 1784 to 1787. Very refreshing. I’ve loved all the time I’ve spent with Willa, Neil, and Joseph (and there will be much more of it in the weeks to come), but now I can’t wait to visit again with Jesse, Tamsen, and Cade.

I’m also writing a Historical Note for the first book, to explain in a little more depth a few aspects of Revolutionary War history, and a few historical characters, that strongly influenced the story and my fictional characters, in the Mohawk Valley of 1784.

So I have a Would You Rather Question for you. Do you like Historical Notes, or Author’s Notes as a part of historical fiction, or would you rather let the story speak for itself and go hunting down more information on your own, if you’re so inclined?

If you fall into the camp (as I do) that loves all the historical notes they can get at the end of a work of historical fiction, are you happy to see a short bibliography of research sources included as well?

Okay, that was two questions! Please let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say. And anything else pertaining to extras that could be included after The End of a novel. Thanks!

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