For the last two weeks, I shared some insights into the character development for Tilly Munro, the central character in my book, Through the Mist: Restoration.
When Tilly travels back in time to 1801, it is quite a shock for her. I wanted to sprinkle little bits of history throughout the book and help the reader imagine how different it would be. No running water. No toilets. Even meal times would be different.
I had to alter my vocabulary. I don’t know if it is a Southern thing, but I have always called the last meal of the day “supper.” Well, “dinner” would be the more appropriate term. So, I retrained myself to use “dinner.”
The elaborate feast chronicled in the book is based upon research about dinners of the time. They were a big deal. Can you imagine what it would be like to spend hours at the table, with more dishes than two humans could eat? There must have been a lot of waste.
In the next book, I might describe the full feast. Yes, there was even more to it than what I described in my book. Why didn’t I include it? I envision that Benjamin would have maintained some of the traditions, yet not all. He knew how to entertain, since his father invited English nobles to the estate for many years. He preferred to keep meals less formal. Still, it is quite an affair.
I hope you have enjoyed the character discussions over the last few weeks. It is hard to pack every little detail in a book. I am glad to answer any questions you may have.