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For the last several years I have been playing with the idea of writing about the Spanish Flu Epidemic. But there has always been one thing that has stopped me: I write fantasy. I didn't want to be that author--you know who I mean--the one who jumps around from genre to genre so much that even once they publish something they can't keep any fans. Besides, I believe in the series that I've been working on.
Well, a few months back I decided to test the waters by doing a little research on the Spanish Flu. I went to my local library and checked out PBS's American Experience: Influenza 1918. I was amazed at how wonderful it was. PBS doesn't do things half-way. It was a quality production. Further, their website gives more detail about the epidemic as well as good recommendations for books and websites where I could learn more. Check out their site here. The information they presented, along with their suggested sources, gave me a great spring board into what I have studied every spare hour since then.
Now that I have spent a few months buried up to my eyeballs in research, I am ready to formally announce myself as a historical fiction author. The fantasy books I was working on are going back on the shelf--at least for now. I have to admit, though, as sad as I am to say goodbye to my old plans, I am equally excited about my new plans. And maybe one day I can dust off my old fantasy manuscripts and try them out again.