A very cool tool back in the day.
Mid nineteenth century United States was a time of great invention and great change. Writing letters was still the number one way to communicate whether it was personal, business, official or whatever the nature. So when the fountain pen hit the scene in 1830 in Birmingham, England, it was nothing short of a godsend.
Handwriting was an art, and well-educated people always boasted a particular penmanship style that stood out from the rest. Large, swirly capital letters was the norm, and the fountain pen made it easier for the writer to focus on the art rather the mechanics of writing.
Most everyone in my series uses fountain pens. They were the in thing at the time and very high-tech. And they were not only smart to own they were also very desirable as gifts – in fact it was a sign of a very savvy individual.
My leads never go with the flow. They are rebels at heart and march to their own drummer. If there’s a new way to make life easier, or a brand new invention few even have knowledge about – they are the ones to find out first.
How this affects the story.
It makes their lifestyle more in sync with the story itself. What I’m telling is outside what you read elsewhere and it’s a one of a kind experience.
Small details make all the difference, and so my characters are not only in possesion of firey dispositions and more than their fair share of courage – they also show up with cutting edge devices of all kinds.
Writing letters from the heart.
Fountain pens made it all the more easy for men and women to put their passion down paper and tell their beloved how much they cared. Since fountain pens were quite costly, and paper itself was scarce, let alone high quality velum, writing a lengthy love letter was not only a beautiful expression of emotion, but quite an expensive gift.