Writing is hard work; it’s not for the faint of heart. Writing historical fiction is even harder, as it is more than just crafting an intriguing plotline. There’s the laborious task of researching the history that drives the story. Any authentic historical reference that I used in the book, I researched at least three times. If I could not validate something I had written in the book with three different sources, I would continue looking until I could, or I found alternatives to what I had written. This is hard; after all, I was trying to get this book published.