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|Hello everyone. I've lurked a long time here and finally got up the nerve to sign up and introduce myself. I admit to being intimidated--I've been a bit of a Civil War nut since fifth grade, but the wealth of knowledge here is truly humbling. I hope to ask some questions and listen and learn!
My particular interest is from a fiction writer's perspective. I wrote a play once that was set in modern Dublin; between reading lots of Roddy Doyle, and being able to visit the city and listen to the voices around me, I was able to put those voices on the page. That contributed a great deal to the success of the play. It's been a bigger challenge to make 1863 come alive, but I want very much to do justice to it.