You are invited to my Summer Solstice party on Facebook, June 12, Friday, 5-11pm EST, to celebrate Demoness Dreams and hear from some very cool authors. This amazing pendant from Wired Up will be up for grabs! The stone is Purple Sea Segment Jasper.
I’ve prepared the following Vintage Friday post for you, but I’m also over at Mae Clair’s blog today talking about Wytchfae World Building. Please hop over and say hi!
One thing that fascinates me is a genealogical mother line going back in time. Working on a Demoness Dreams post for a guest appearance on author Mae Clair’s blog today got me thinking about heroine Neva Jaxony and her foster mother, Jewel Orsen. When writing a book, it’s instructive to consider the context of a character’s world. Even though Jewel was not the biological mother of Neva, she longed for that baby girl. I think of Jewel’s own mother giving birth. What was the world like then? Jewel was born in 1963.
The top song of that year featured a girl who worked in a place where she wore “black leotards.” Ring a bell? How about “her feet were bare.”
Yep, it’s the ole Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs!
For added context, acclaimed films of 1963 included Lilies of the Field with Sidney Poitier, The Crawling Hand, and Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Among the literary successes of 1963 were Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and the Nero Wolfe novel The Mother Hunt by one of my favorite authors, Rex Stout. Archie ticked me off in The Mother Hunt because he got cozy with a woman who was not Lily Rowan.
On a sad note, a devastating event occurred on November 22, 1963, one that rocked the world—President Kennedy was assassinated.
Back to Sugar Shack. Do you remember that song or any of the movies or books from 1963?
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance