This is what I meant by historical fiction with some sort of "crafting" involved. (Sewing, knitting, quilting, embroidery, etc). "It’s about a young Italian woman coming to America during the late century and working as a seamstress in Chicago."
Great website to find mystery writers if you're a fan of mysteries. My new favorite author is Charles Todd, a mother son team that writes fascinating mysteries set in post World War I England. They are really psychological thrillers. The Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are great reads.
This happens less now that I am writing the novel (just admitting that I am writing a novel about John, 2nd Earl of Chatham makes me sound crazy to be fair), but I will never forget the look my thesis supervisor used to give me sometimes when I opened up to him about some of my historical theories. (Apparently I explained them rather better in the thesis as he eventually admitted to me he thought it all worked out!)
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