10 Quirky Facts About Fairly Certain

10 Quirky Facts About Fairly Certain

  1. Fairly Certain was conceived after I spoke to a spinner, a blacksmith and a boot-maker at my very first Renaissance Fair.
  2. I stopped writing Fairly Safe because Fairly Certain was bursting forth. Because I was teaching, I could only write during the summers.
  3. Wandering minstrels at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire sang the song that I have Petir hear from his tent.: Amsterdam Maid (A-Rovin’). To listen to the traditional sea shanty: http://chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/amstmaid.html
  4. Did you know Fiddleheads, an early form of ferns before they unfurl, are actually edible once the outer coating is removed? That fact sounded odd enough to include in Fairly Certain.
  5. Toward is used in the USA; Towards is used in the British Isles. You might notice I use the former when Petir is in Connecticut, and the latter is used when he is at the Outlaw Camp.
  6. Petir’s description of his Environmental Science professor is really a description of…me.
  7. The James Potter in Fairly Certain is not Harry’s father.
  8. Phillip Fagans is a real woodcarver from 1930s, who said there were “two types of carvers; those who carve to aid their thought, and those who thought to aid their carving.”
  9. Bears in Simsbury, CT – Yes, we have bears in Connecticut. One was sighted on the library lawn while I was writing this, and somehow it ended up in my story. depdata.ct.gov/wildlife/sighting/bearsight.asp
  10. Maid Rianne’s character is based on a couple of my shy but strong-minded students who don’t realize how great they truly are.