Monday, July 19, 2010

What I learned while researching Stars...

This week, I'm filing in for Lynette Eason who is on vacation. A cruise. Let's all pause a moment and enjoy the idea of her relaxing. Poolside. With a fun, fruity drink in hand. I've never been on a cruise, but hope to rectify that next year...maybe.

Since I'm still celebrating the release of Stars in the Night, I'm going to take this opportunity to share with you some of the cool historical details I learned while writing Stars in the Night.

One of the things I love about writing novels set during World War II is that I always learn something new. As a World War II history nut, that keeps the writing fresh and exciting. Here are a few of the things I learned while writing Stars in the Night:1) There really was a Hollywood Victory Caravan. The Hollywood Victory Caravan traveled by train Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., then north through cities like Chicago and Minneapolis.

2) If something had happened to the train, Hollywood would have been ravaged. The real caravan was filled with stars like Abbott and Costello, Desi Arnez, Bing Crosby, and Groucho Marx.

3) The first train entertained the President and Mrs. Roosevelt at the White House. What a great way to launch the tour. And Mrs. Roosevelt had a staff member standing immediately behind her to help her “remember” everyone who came by so she could say something personal to them.

Come back next Thursday to learn four more tidbits I learned while researching this book. And don't forget to participate in the launch contest for Stars in the Night by leaving a comment on that post. I've giving away classic movies, lots of books, and more. Check it out here! It runs through August 1st.

5 comments:

Barbara Phinney said...

Intriguing, Cara! I didn't know there was a Victory Train. Sounds like a cool premise for just about any story.
Thank you for filling in today.

PamelaTracy said...

Truly does sound cool. I'm looking forward to reading this!

Debby Giusti said...

Beautiful cover, Cara!

Lynette Eason said...

Cara, thanks so much for filling in for me! The cruise was awesome! I highly recommend it. Your cover is absolutely too cool and I can't wait to get a copy of the book to read. Thanks again!

Cara Putman said...

My pleasure filling in. And I think the research is what I love about historicals. Add in suspense and a wee bit of romance, and it's perfection!