One night, I had this fascinating dream of a young college girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend of four years. Needing some time to recover from the ugly breakup, she escapes to her grandparent’s home. When she arrives no one is at home, she uses her key and goes inside and directly to the one place she always found solace, her grandfather’s study filled with volumes and volumes of books. An avid reader since childhood, Megan had read hundreds of novels from this very room. Browsing the old leather bound books; Megan discovers a book she had never seen before. Scanning the pages, Meg is drawn into a story of two gay men in 1890 London. A story unfolds that in many ways parallels her own broken relationship with her ex-boyfriend.
Writing a story within a story is a challenge within itself, but when the stories have different time frames, Megan exists in the USA in present day and the story she reads (Masked Identities) takes place over a hundred years ago in London. Not only have I not been to the UK, let alone have I ever left the shores of North America, I have not lived in a previous century either.
Immersing myself in researching1890 London history, I was surprised that actual events of the time validated the story I had experienced in a dream. The research has been overwhelming and I probably have adequate notes to write several volumes on the history of 1890 London. What I had initially perceived as a simple story has become a complicated process to write and incorporate authenticity and accuracy.
Some days I bounce back and forth through time, while other days I am grounded in either present day or the past. Masked Identities has become my own personal “time machine” into a very different world from the world we exist in today. So far, each time I mentally travel back to turn of the century London, it’s a new sensory experience, filled with wonderful discoveries and intriguing possibilities. My concern is that one of these days, I may decide not to return from Victorian London and the story may never be completed.
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