I love the challenge of writing historical fiction. I love to look up at the clock and wonder where the last hours, if not the entire day, disappeared. The history is only the first layer. I can learn how someone changed history. But to further the research to understand where the historical figures came from, what their childhood was like so I can properly introduce them to my readers is exhilarating. That rabbit hole is one I love to frolic in, weaving back and forth, so I might find that little extra piece of fact that best joins it all together. Once I start writing the story, I have to think a lot more about the historical situation. My characters must understand the situation as someone from the period would and not from the viewpoint of a modern individual. I try not to shy away from those things that were once acceptable but might be reprehensible now. In the end, I love bringing reality and fiction together so readers are unsure where the truth ends and the imagination begins.