Sunday, September 29, 2013
A question for all you readers and writers out there. When you're writing or reading historical stories exactly how accurate do you need things to be? I was writing along this morning and used Lady Baltimore Cake in a bit of dialogue. On checking, the cake seems to have first been mentioned in a book by Owen Wister and was of his own creation, the year was 1906 and my story takes place in 1900. Is this something that would throw most readers out of the story or send them looking up references to prove me wrong? I know I can find other cakes that would work but I like the way this one sounds in the conversation.