I'm often asked to share my favorite resources for making historical fiction writing rich and deep. Besides the Foxfire books which I used extensively while writing The Frontiersman's Daughter, one name stands head and shoulders above all other research material. Meet Eric Sloane:) To me and many others, he is the premier illustrator and biographer of early American life. Blessed with a quick wit, a beautiful drawing hand, and a gift of words, his legacy continues to linger. I am trying to collect every book he's ever written. Some of my favorites are below. His work is truly a feast for the heart and soul:)
Many libraries have his books or you can order them on Amazon and through other booksellers. Blessed you are if you find them in vintage bookshops or other places! He gives an in-depth look at what it was like living in years past, right down to the nitty gritty details. If you want to make your writing come alive, Eric Sloane's work will help you do that. Often I've become so lost in his books I forget all about the time, my own writing, or that I'm in modern day America. His gift is making the lost things of yesteryear unforgettable.
If you've heard of Eric Sloane or have his books, I'd love to know! I only wish I could have met him!