A Little Something Extra
I’m a lover of weird, historical or obscure facts. Because of that, I decided that for each of my stories I wanted to be sure to give my readers a little lagniappe–for those of you who aren’t familiar with that Cajun word, it means something extra given at no cost.” That’s why at the end of each of my books you’ll find what I call a “fun fact blurb”–Just a little something extra that relates back to the story.
In Witch Way Bends there’s a scene when Devan locates Nicky by recognizing the “star and moon crescent” symbol of the New Orleans Police Department. She connects the symbol to her father’s obsession with secret societies, including the Knights of the Golden Circle which existed prior to and during the U.S. War Between the States. You’ll find a little history tidbit about that at the end of the book. I’m especially fond of that little blurb because it ties into my hubby’s hobby of reenacting and also the star and moon crescent he used on some of his equipages.
For Bitten Shame I chose to touch base with the Legend of Kisselpoo, an Indian story I was told when I was growing up. My fun fact blurb at the end of the book ties that legend to an early Rock-n-Roll song and some local Southeast Texas music legends, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Johnny Preston. This that fun fact relates back to the part of Texas where I’m from, I have a certain affinity for it.
My short story, “Tell A Soul” in the anthology Cupid Painted Blind also has a little lagniappe attached to it. Since that story was included in a collection of shorts, I wrote a blog post about the Aztec people and especially about my favorite book by Gary Jennings, aptly named Aztec. Jennings’ novel just happens to be my all-time favorite book and so it was such an honor to find ways to tie that into my story.
So the one thing you can be assured of when you pick up something written by Olivia Hardin is that I’ll always make an effort to give you just a little “something extra!”
By Olivia Hardin
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