Lines To See Charles Dickens Were Almost a Mile Long

Even though Charles Dickens often wrote unfavorably about America, he was so loved, lines to see him were almost a mile long. What didn’t he like about America? He was appalled and angry about slavery, and he didn’t enjoy traveling any way so didn’t appreciate American hotels. He thought the American newspaper business was noisy, ignorant and scandalous. But even though he was critical of America, when he gave readings in large American cities, the fans came out in great numbers to see him.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.  Available Here:

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History: Not Easy Being Abraham Lincoln’s Wife

Abraham Lincoln did not win the presidency because he got a lot of votes, he won because the votes were spread thinly among many candidates and he happened to garner the most. Many in Lincoln’s own political party hated him, fearing the direction he would take the country. His wife Mary didn’t have it any easier. At a time when north and south were developing deep divides, Mary’s southern roots were not appreciated, to the point of being accused of spying. Those in the more developed eastern region of America saw her as a greenhorn from the west, while people in the new developing states, thought she was too aristocratic for their tastes. And though Mary had her roots in the south, southerners saw her as the enemy. It seems for Mary Todd Lincoln, the American people were very hard to please.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.  Available Here:

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US History: Two Things You Didn’t Know

I’ll bet you didn’t know that life was hard for Louisa and John Adams. Yes, the same John Quincy Adams who became president. Though they came from prominent families, John and Louisa Adams were like many young couples, they were not rich. John served as a United States minister to European countries that paid their foreign ministers well. While these other European ministers lived in elegant homes and gave lavish parties, John and Louisa were expected to do the same but on a much smaller income. They must have mastered the skill of a tight budget and what my father used to call, “puttin’ on the dog.”

Another bit of history you may not have known is that when the British came to burn the White House down, in 1814, in retaliation for American troops burning the British Colonial capital of Upper Canada, “York,” they found the White House empty but the dining table was set for forty people. The food in the kitchen was still warm.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available here:

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Writing: Letting Go Of Your Characters

Authors can be a sentimental bunch. Charles Dickens was no exception; he hated to say good-bye to his characters when he finished one of his stories. When he sent off his finished story to his publisher, he said that he felt like he was sending a part of himself “into the shadowy world.” No wonder his stories were so vivid and real. He was a true master at creating characters that readers would embrace for generations.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black PansyAvailable Here:

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What Does Anglican Mean?

Although England and English start with an “e,” an Anglican derives from the Latin word Angli, referring to one of the Germanic tribes who conquered England in the 5th century A.D. Anglican is used for that which pertains to England, especially to the Church of England. It’s counterpart in the United States is called the Protestant Episcopal Church, both having similar beliefs, together they are called the Anglican Communion.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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What Does Dickensian Mean?

If you didn’t know for sure, you may have guessed. It refers to Charles Dickens and authors who have the same qualities as the enormously popular English author, Charles John Huffman Dickens, who lived from 1812 to 1870. Dickens’s signature style exhibited kindly humor and a humanness that awakened the reader’s emotions. He had the ability to portray the suffering and pitiful circumstances of common yet unusual folks living among us, and make it interesting and entertaining. Dickens created these characters from people he encountered in his every day life, including his father who was sent to a poorhouse for not paying his bills. In other words, Dickensian means, an author who writes like Charles Dickens.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

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What Does Anglo-French Mean?

Anglo-French is an “Old French” word used to designate that which pertains to England and France as they are joined together. It’s like Native-American or African-American and came in use after 1066 when William the Conqueror invaded England. William was from Northern France. By this time the Angli (German Tribes) had invaded England so they were the Anglo. William brought the French aspect, when he invaded in 1066, even though his ancestry was originally from the North but had populated Northern France, married French women and adopted their culture, which was what the Viking invaders from the north commonly did.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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