I want to talk a little bit about choosing a profession or line of work for our characters. A while back I mentioned the topic of women's work and how up until the late 1800's women, as a whole, worked inside the home.
The crazy notion during the late 1800's was that to clean the home women were achieving their highest calling. Women's popular literature of the time was full of advice about and encouragement for proper housekeeping. Thank goodness that notion changed in the early twentieth century!
The job selections for the heroine can be varied or somewhat limited depending on the era in which the story takes place. A woman living in the early twentieth century or before could be a housewife, a seamstress, washer-woman, or possibly a stenographer.
Nowadays, there are a plethora (love this word and wanted to use it) of choices. A woman today, as we know, can pretty much choose any career path she wishes to follow.
My next book, yes, I’m finally going to write that Time-Travel that’s been rolling about in my head for many years, is set in Dallas (Present day) and Galveston (1900).
Most of the time, whether the characters go back in time or come forward, we portray them as a fish out of water. Since I’d used that premise with my last book, Laurel: Bride of Arkansas, where a mail order bride from Philadelphia society married a widower living on an Arkansas farm. While anyone most certainly would fir this description, I didn’t want to use it as the whole plot point.
My heroine, Faith Daniels, needs to have a career she loves in the twenty-first century that she can draw on when she travels back in time.
Inspiration for Faith - 1900
|Inspiration for Faith Daniels|
Lately I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the home remodeling and do-it-yourself shows on certain channels. One in particular holds me captive each week, where the star of the show rehabs old homes to their former/original glory. Sooooooo, one day the “lightbulb” came on over my head and stirred the what-ifs. Aha! By jiminy, that’s it.
Faith is a modern-day house rehabber living in Dallas. Her friend, Stella, travels with her to Galveston to see and work on the turn-of-the-century house she’s bought in a blind auction.
|Inspiration for Faith's house.|
Now, if you know me, you know that isn’t all Faith is going to go through. It seems to me there was a little storm passed through Galveston in 1900. She’s going to meet a special, tortured gentleman, Joe Benning, and I wonder if they’ll get together. Will she stay in the twentieth century or will she come back home to Dallas? The working title for this time-travel is, The Texan’s Redeeming Faith.
I’ll keep you posted on all the goings on just in case you’re interested. Do you like time-travel stories? Let me know.