Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blogs - A Learning Experience

By Paisley Kirkpatrick
To blog or not to blog, is that the question? We have so many sites to choose from and so little time. Where do we start? Should be have our own blog, or post on other authors' blogs? Now days our time is limited and we want to spend our promotion time in the best places. One fact I've learned is readers like to get to know the authors of the books they love to read. Blogging is a good way to let them know who you are.
I write historicals and the series is set in a town I live near. I have a great, great grandfather who kept a journal while traveling across the plains in 1849. It is kept under glass at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. I was able to use my great, great grandfather's birds-eye view of the wagon train life in my recent release titled Paradise Pines Series: Marriage Bargain. He had a great way of giving us a picture of what the day-by-day life on the wagon train was like.
My great, great grandmother is supposedly the first woman to have articles in magazines. These are of great assistance to me when I write my stories. They are also a point of interest when I speak about my writing and where I get my ideas.
Another good point at writing stories from the area where you live is photographs. Readers enjoy seeing the places you base your stories on as it gives them a visual when they read your story.
This hotel was my inspiration for Chaumers Hotel in Night Angel. The hotel manager was kind enough to let me photo both the outside and inside.
These 'gifts' from my ancestors give me a lot of different ideas to share about in blogs. They also give me a chance to tell about my family and our customs. The uniqueness of my life might be interesting to a reader who enjoys my stories. It also gives the stories authenticity and is proof I've done research and write stories about subjects that I have some knowledge about.


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Ana Morgan said...

I like the idea of having real-life history to present alongside a work of fiction, Paisley. Sort of substantiates the idea that there is really nothing new in the world, and that we relive it in our individual, unique ways. The similarities are the glue that binds us, even as each of us is different.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Very wise words, Ana. It is one of the reasons I was so shocked at the lack of history in school when my daughter was in high school. I also think we learn from mistakes in the past, too. So glad you came by today. :)

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Hi, Paisley! There isn't enough time in the day. Is there? I think it is important to blog and chronicle the making of a story. I really enjoy reading your posts and I'm sure your other readers do to.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Waving Dawn Marie. Nope, it seems the days go past so fast these days. Hubby is good about it unless I forget to take food out for his supper - go figure!