Blog Tour Stop: Rina Z. Neiman Guest Post – Top 5 Ways Researching Primary Sources

Top 5 Ways Researching Primary Sources is so Effective by Rina Z. Neiman

When writing historical fiction, details of the time and place are crucial to the believability of your story. Here are 5 ways I researched my historical novel, Born Under Fire, which takes place from 1934-1949 under the British Mandate of Palestine.

1. Primary sources & interviews: When I began researching my mother’s story I was able to make a trip to Israel and conduct several in-person interviews with her friends and relative. These were invaluable to verify facts and get a feel for how events transpired. Walking the streets where scenes in the book occur was a way to soak in the smells, sights and sounds of a place.

I found several firsthand accounts from this time period by wonderful writers including Reporting from Palestine by Barbara Board, the first female foreign correspondent in the Middle East for the UK’s Daily Mirror. If I wanted to know about the experience of British troops stationed in Palestine, I looked for web sites with first person accounts and photos of veterans from that era.

2. Academic books and journals: I used my library’s inter-branch loan system, as academic books can also be prohibitively expensive. Reading these books gave me a better understanding of the forces that led creation of the Sabra generation (The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew), fashion and styles of the time (The Coat of Many Colors: Dress Culture in the Young State of Israel), and history of the region and the city of Tel Avi (Young Tel Aviv: The Tale of Two Cities)

3. Movies – I watched movies from that era to get a sense of what it was like at the time. How did a place look vs. today? What slang was used? Period films also give a sense of the social mores of the time.

I watched a lot of documentaries, because there is nothing better that hearing about an eve than from the people that were there.

4. Newsreels and vintage films – The internet is a treasure trove for an endless supply of early newsreels and film clips. Director Steven Spielberg’s The Spielberg Collection is an invaluable source for Jewish themed films and newsreels. Newsreels with narration give a sense of what public perception was about a particular even of the day.

5. Newspapers from the time – Reading firsthand reports of an event gives you the facts, then you decide how your characters will react. There was websites where you can search newspaper archives depending on your area of interest, and your local library has loads of resources that you can use.

One final note: When I am deep into writing a scene, I stop my research. It’s easy to go down the research rabbit hole when you’re trying to find the perfect outfit, place or food for a scene or character. When I want to get some writing done, I head to a cafe or the library and do not turn on my WIFI. If the action in the scene can continue without the specific brand name of radio they listened to in 1947, I will move on with a note to research “1947 radios England” later.

For a full list of resources and links I used for my novel, see Https://www.bornunderfire.com/links

Rina Z. Neiman recently published her first book, Born Under Fire, an historical novel based on her mother who was born in Tel Aviv in 1928. As she comes of age the State of Israel is born. #bornunderfirethebook Amazon Website

Blog Tour Stop: Bloody Coffee by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

I have to say, I love a book with some mystery . . . Especially about dark pasts

Synopsis

A complex, suspenseful, and engrossing tale of doubts, trust, budding romance, and two bullets.

Eighteen-year-old Leigh arrives at a Tel Aviv hospital, seeking information about her probable father. Dr. Sloan, who had a cardiac arrest right after they met for the first time. As she stands next to her father’s bed and watches him, her past, present and future collide. Despite the advice of those around her, Leigh decides to face the challenges of the legal system in Israel. She obtains a court order for a paternity test and confronts Sloan. During the quest to find the truth about her biological father, Leigh is exposed to violent religious intolerance, faces life in a country where church and state are not separate, and meets the man who may be her first true love. Will she change her view of the world she thought she knew? Will she forgive her mother? Will a gunshot change her attitude towards her probable father? And, what will she say to Steve, the only father she ever really had?

A book with mystery, a dark past, family issues, different country, different laws, everything, literally in one single book. This book was definitely not a bore to read, it kept me on the edge of my seat or awake all night just to see what happens next.

I give Michelle and Bloody Coffee ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!!! The cover, the story itself, and the way it was written. It swallowed me up!

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