Goodreads asked Mary Beth Norton:

How do you get inspired to write?

Mary Beth Norton What inspires me to research, and then write, is when I find intriguing historical material that raises questions in my mind. For example, when I was researching my PhD dissertation on the loyalists, I could see the importance for them of a period (the year 1774) that historians usually passed largely over as they discussed the origins of the American Revolution--they tended to skip from the Boston Tea Party in December 1773 to the battles of Lexington & Concord in April 1775. So that's what led to my current project.

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