Guest post by Brittany Weekley
When I started writing, I had no idea that I would eventually become a historical fiction author. I have always been fascinated with history in general, but writing stories based around it wasn’t something I really started to think about until I got older.
The first draft of The Secret Life of Thomas Commons was an amazing learning experience. Although editing is never fun, I found my style, and I learned what I needed to in order to write my characters. By the time all was said and done, my characters felt like they had become part of my family.
The most frightening part of writing historical fiction is making sure all the information is correct. It’s easy to miss the small details. When I started writing The Secret Life of Thomas Commons, I didn’t know much about the history of homosexuality in England. I started reading court cases and classic novels based around the 18th century. I really wanted to get a feel for the time, and I wanted to put myself in that position. What would it have been like to be gay in 18th century England? This wasn’t an easy book to finish. It drained me emotionally, but I loved every minute of it. Just remember, if an author sheds a few tears when they’re writing a book, it’s a good indication that the readers will as well.
I do recommend trying every genre or genres. It may take a while to figure out what fits for you, but don’t ever stop writing, researching, learning, and reading. Open your mind and explore every aspect of what it means to be a writer.
The Secret Life of Thomas Commons is about the emotional struggles of Mr. Thomas Franklin Commons and Mr. Wesley Tobias Ashfield as they battle their tragically structured upbringing and predetermined lives. Mr. Thomas Franklin Commons is a wealthy, but bitter twenty-two year old man living in London, England when he meets Mr. Wesley Tobias Ashfield, a cheerful and charming young man whom he is soon to enter into business with. However, Thomas is soon caught off guard when Wesley’s friendly nature gradually begins to warm his frigid temperament, and their friendship becomes more than either of them expected.