Sorry I’ve been away so long. I’m still working on EIGHTH WONDER. Thank you to all who are interested in my book, I’m truly humbled by the responses I’ve received from a work that is not completed yet. I’m so excited about my progress and truly appreciate all the support and inquiries about when this book will be finished.
This book has been five years in the making. I finally had time to take some invaluable writing classes. My first was from L.A. Workshops this past year with Adam Cushman. I also learned a great deal about the craft from taking editing classes from another teacher, which gave me my lightbulb moment on novel writing. The classes have given me the tools I need to rewrite my novel with skill and confidence. I’m 3/4 of the way through the manuscript! It actually reads and feels like a real, well-crafted novel. (In my humble opinion.)
While working on rewriting PART ONE of my book, I had to do some research about how people traveled in the past and came across this great blog from the twonerdyhistorygirls hosted by talented historical romance authors: Lauretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott.
|The Runaway Coach|
According to Cecil Aldin’s The Romance of the Road, “The more wealthy sent on relays of horses for the shorter journeys, or might hire post-horses where necessary.” Gentlemen who constantly traveled the same route might have their own teams stabled along the way. A good alternative is to hire horses from the outset. In the case you describe, while it’s possible that a gentleman would use his fine carriage horses for the first stage of a long journey, it’s equally possible he preferred to use hired animals.
I invite our horse and carriage experts to weigh in on this interesting topic!
Above left: James Pollard, Mail Changing Horses at the Falcon Inn, Waltham Cross, courtesy Wikipedia. Below right: Thomas Rowlandson, The Runaway Coach, courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.