Facts in Fiction

My favorite fictional stories also include factual elements, and so when I was writing THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE, I decided to do just that. Here’s a bit more behind the scenes information:

Four matching Sandwich pressed dolphin double-step cobalt blue candlesticks sold for $4,600 in January 2015 at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.


The Glass Dolphin antiques shop, and its owner, Arabella Carpenter, play a pivotal role in The Hanged Man’s Noose. Named after Arabella’s first antique “find,” the candlesticks in her store window can indeed be found in antiques shops, as well as at auction.

Read more in Facts in Fiction: The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.



This plaque is outside the Holland Landing Library and Community Centre.


The Hanged Man’s Noose takes place in the small, historic town of Lount’s Landing. While Lount’s Landing is fictional, the man who it was named after—Samuel Lount—was very real.

Read more in Facts in Fiction: Samuel Lount.




The protagonist in SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC, Calamity (Callie) Doris Barnstable, was named after Calamity Jane, a Wild West frontierswoman. To find out more about Callie’s namesake, read Facts in Fiction: Calamity Jane.

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