Hi there Sara. For sure you could help 😁, writers must be of the most critical people I know of. That's a good thing (re writing). We help each other that way.
That's interesting. I'm the other way around. I'm not so good at making up things from scratch, to be honest. I like that historical fiction offers you a framework, some sort of structure to start with. You can always choose how much or how little of it you want to use. With a story like this, I wanted to use as much of the points on the timeline as I could - political situation being a never ending story in SA. If people (all over the world) could realise that history is actually on a time loop and that everything that happens is nothing new really, then maybe we could learn from past mistakes and make less mistakes in the future.
Take this story, for example. One very important thing that the Portuguese shipwrecked survivors did not understand about the culture of Africa that it is good manners to give a gift to the people who host you whereas in western culture, the emphasis is more on the visitor, the visitor is entertained by the host. Do you agree, Claire?
Not knowing such a simple thing had devastating consequences on that group of castaways. So what I would like readers to ask themselves is... Whose fault was it? Whose fault was it to not know about the culture of the other and who should have conceded and said, "Okay, we'll do things your way"?
Plus, it's a bit of an important story because SA was colonised in 1662. Very few people know about the shipwreck, and those survivors were the first Europeans to travel though the country.
Anyway. I guess I do mince words.
As far as anyone proving you wrong, well, the beautiful thing about historical fiction is that it's fiction.
You should visit us. The currency's shot so it should be a really cheap holiday 😁😭 (there is no emoji for "let's laugh about the situation until we cry" but that's what we do. And we pray)