The Green Children of Woolpit

I first heard about the Green Children of Woolpit, England  while watching a UFO conspiracy show. The expert theorized, of course, that the children had come from another planet. But after reading the “historical account” for myself, I learned their origins were decidedly terrestrial, stemming from a middle earth philosophy. Then and there, I knew I had…

Surprising Things About Edgar Allan Poe’s Work

While writing my Cattarina Mysteries, I’ve uncovered many interesting facts about the Master of the Macabre and his work. Here are a few: The Tell-Tale Heart Poe never names the gender of his first person narrator, and it’s hotly debated whether or not the protagonist could’ve been a woman. Since Poe never made sloppy choices (as…

Eating and Cooking in Victorian America

The series I’m working on right now, the Cattarina Mysteries, is set in Victorian Philadelphia. Because I’m a foodie and an antique cookbook collector, I naturally like to talk about mealtime in my novels. But in order to write about food in historical context, research is required. A LOT of research. Here are some of the more interesting…