This story is one of my favourites and Dear Damsels have selected it for their online collection in June 2018, so I’m very proud of it.
Tarot in the Blue Tent is an example of ‘writing what you know’, which is often sound advice for newish writers. I’m an enthusiastic medieval re-enactor and I love designing and sewing costumes for medieval events. And my usual role at these re-enactments is as a tarot card reader. So that’s two topics I’ve got direct experience of and have researched quite a bit.
On the topic of research, my friend author Natalie Fergie has done a lot of research on sewing machines and the west of Scotland at the turn of the 19/20th centuries. Her breadth of knowledge astounded me in her novel The Sewing Machine. Beautifully crafted, poignant and authentic, her book is well worth a read.