Place it

In one of my book clubs, our theme this year is authors and stories of the Pacific Northwest. We started with a talk about the “Missoula (Montana) Mafia” from a member who lived there. Nevermind that we were liberal in our interpretation of the geography, we wanted an array of authors and topics. The project described in the LA Times is also place-based. I can imagine doing one about any region.
More than that, I wonder about the role of place in a book. How many stories had to happen where they did? When does setting become another character?

Rediscovering the lost writers of the Plains – LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-rediscovering-the-lost-writers-of-the-plains-20150317-story.html

Historically accurate

Writing history or historical fiction takes research if you want to get it right. These photos are among the sorts of things I’d put on my wall or computer screen if I were writing about WWI.
I always look for images to help build the places in my imagination. One of my favorite sources is the Library of Congress. LOC photo collections are fabulous. Check them out after you look at these.

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

http://io9.com/these-unseen-photos-from-world-war-i-are-unbelievable-1580681616