In writing these stories, I've found "research" comes in two varieties. First, there is the task of finding factual information about the time, place, events, and situations I'm writing about. As time goes on, I will attempt to list some of the sources I've used in obtaining these facts. On the other hand, as these are works of fiction, and as a lot of the stories take place in a completely different world, I get to make up a lot of it as well. In doing so, I've found it convenient to make lists of characters, drawings of ships and vessels, maps, flags, and even uniforms. I use them for consistency in my writing, and you may find them interesting as well. Therefore, most, if not all of these items will eventually be included here.
Following is a list of various books that have either inspired me or have helped me learn more about the times in which the Stone Island Sea Stories take place. In no particular order;
The Anatomy of Nelson’s Ships by C. Nepean Longridge
The History of the American Sailing Navy by Howard I. Chappelle
American Sailing Ships: Their Plans and History by Charles G. Davis
Men-of-War: Life in Nelson’s Navy by Patrick O’Brian
The Jack Aubrey & Stephen Maturin stories by Patrick O’Brian
The Hornblower Companion by C. S. Forester
The Horatio Hornblower stories by C. S. Forester
The End of Barbary Terror by Frederick C. Leiner
Lobscouse and Spotted Dog by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman
and Lisa Grossman Taylor
Various Age of Sail/Naval Adventure stories by individuals such as Alexander Kent, Dewey Lambdin, S. Thomas Russell, and more
My drawing/plan of HMS Theadora, the ship Edward Pierce is serving in as the Stone Island Sea Stories begin.
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