Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the IVORY AND BONE tour! I love this book so much, and I’m thrilled to welcome Julie Eshbaugh to the blog. Read her fabulous post on her research, check out the giveaway, and enjoy! Thanks to Hannah at Irish Banana for running the blog tour.
ABOUT IVORY AND BONE:
A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
Three Keys to my Research for IVORY AND BONE
Every novel, to some extent, requires research. Some, obviously, require more than others! For a novel set in prehistoric times, I had a bit more leeway because there is so little we know with certainty, but there was still much to learn to lend the story authenticity. Here are three key methods I used to conduct research to create the late Ice Age world of IVORY AND BONE.
Museums—I actually first got the idea to write about people living in prehistory while at a museum. I’ve always loved exhibits where you can see the artifacts up close. Have you ever looked at a tool used thousands of years ago and wondered about the person who used it? Was this someone’s favorite tool? Who did they talk to while they used it, and what did they talk about? Museums make history come to life, and helped me formulate ideas.
Books—After reading an article that discussed new theories about the first people to come to North America by the Bering Land Bridge near the end of the Ice Age, I knew where and when I wanted to set my story, and I was able to search for books. Fortunately for me, the first peoples to come to the Americas is a hot topic in archaeology right now, (scientists disagree about how they traveled and when they first arrived,) so there were a lot of recent books available to me.
Maps, charts, lists, videos—I was amazed by the wealth of information I was able to find on the internet—even hard science data and scholarly journal articles. Maps helped me tremendously. By searching online, I was able to find maps of what the shoreline may have looked like during various stages of the Ice Age, which areas of land were still covered by glaciers, and which were ice free. I found charts of which plants survived the Ice Age, and which came back first. I also discovered lists of which edible plants grow at high latitudes, which types of stone are native to the Beringia region, where artifacts have been found and how old they are, and on and on. Lastly, I watched a lot of online videos to help me with the practical details, like how to start a fire without matches, how to make a spear point without modern tools, and how to tan a hide without chemicals. All of this helped put me in the world I was trying to create.
These three methods of research were the keys that unlocked the world of IVORY AND BONE for me. Of course, the trilogy is continuing and so does my research! I am always on the lookout for new sources, and I’m still discovering wonderful finds.
Thank you so much for having me today!
ABOUT JULIE ESHBAUGH:
Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.
3 Finished Copies of IVORY & BONE (US Only)