Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I just started Good Man Friday by Barbara Hambly. I love the character of Benjamin January. Hambly makes him so believable I feel I know him so the treatment of a black man during that period is horrifying. After I finish Good Man Friday I plan to read The Incense Game by Laura Joh Rowland. Japan, especially in the early 1700s, was truly an exotic society.Learn more about the book and author at Eleanor Kuhns's blog and Facebook page.
My previous book was nonfiction: Woman's Work, The First 20,000 Years. It covers the history (archaeological as well as cultural) of the textile arts: weaving and dyeing primarily from their beginning in the Neolithic. Fascinating. I feel sort of humbled to be at the end of such a long line. I love knowing the history of things. Since my main character is a weaver (and I also weave), I continually research looms. I did a lot of research into dyes for Death of a Dyer, to the point of dyeing fiber with onion skins, madder and indigo. We really don't appreciate all that goes into our textiles. I also discovered that I didn't realize how much trade went on during that time period.
My Book, The Movie: Death of a Dyer.
The Page 69 Test: Death of a Dyer.