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November 28, 2010


Elaine Viets

Welcome to the Femmes, Kathryn, and thanks for a fascinating blog -- and the reassurance that humans aren't getting worse. We've always been awful.

Mary S.

Elaine, I don't know if that makes me sad or makes me feel better. :)

Kathyrn, this is such an interesting subject for a novel. What made you choose this time period? I know there are medieval crime novels and some set in Restoration England. Can't think of any in 1600s.

Thanks for visiting with us today!

Kathryn Johnson

Thanks for the welcome Elaine and Mary! Yes, I know...it's a bit of a downer to look back through history and see how little we learn about getting along. On the other hand, there are many examples of charity and good will toward each other too. I guess it's a cup half full or half empty situation, depending on the viewer. I mostly decided on writing a story in this era, 16th century, because of my interest in Shakespeare. I wanted an excuse to learn more about him and read more of his plays. When you're a working writer, it seems you always have to turn a personal interest into a story, right? So the more I read about him, and his turbulent times, the more plot elements came to me from the material. It was a really fun journey!


Welcome to the Femmes, Kathryn. It is a little depressing to think that some of us have always been as uncivilized as too many of us seem today. But it does build in great job security for crime writers!


Welcome, Kathryn! It was always funny/a little sad to see slides in an archaeology class of skeletons with a projectile point at the base of a spine, a coshed in skull, oddly parallel knife marks, etc. Le plus ca change...

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