I even have settled on a historical-novel-sounding title: East of Yesterday. That's definitely not a fantasy title.
Since it's a time travel novel, I'm not limited to one particular era. Here are the eras I'm writing about so far:
- Colonial St. Augustine, during which time it was under British rule,
- The last Spanish occupation of St. Augustine,
- St. Augustine during the Civil War, during which time it was occupied by Union soldiers,
- St. Augustine during the and after the 1914 fire,
- St. Augustine during the 1964 Civil Rights demonstrations,
So my novel covers almost 250 years. Since the South was segregated during the 20s, I'm also writing about that. Right now, Ashley is interviewing a young black woman who was fired from her last housekeeper position after being falsely accused of stealing a ring.
Since the novel is recent history, I'm wondering if I should avoid any historical names. The Flagler family was very prominent in St. Augustine during this timeframe. Do I mention them by name, or do I invent a different family? They won't have a big role in the novel, but they had such a huge impact on development in St. Augustine (and much of the East Coast of Florida) that it would almost be remiss to omit them.
Ok, I wrote all of the above last week, and then forgot to post it. I was in the middle of dealing with all these questions when Katie's feedback for Forging a Legend arrived in the mail. I just wanted to send a public thank you her way for her wonderful feedback. She discovered a VERY LARGE inconsistency resulting from a deleted scene that I probably would have missed despite a rereading because I'm just too close to the novel, and I've read it too many times. So now I'm sitting here trying to decide whether I put the scene back in, or rip some more scenes out, with possible more repercussions down the line.
Writing -- it's a wonderful, crazy life!