In my Tales of Chetzemoka series, Jacob's and Addie's personal appearances are based on a late nineteenth-century photograph from our antique ephemera collection. I'd had the picture for a few years before I ever thought of this story. When I bought the photograph for less than a dollar an eBay it came with no provenance (cheap finds never do) and I knew absolutely nothing about the couple in it. My husband and I have a number of pictures like this, but when I started this story my mind kept wandering back to one in particular.
I chose the name Adora from a list of common women's names published in Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms by Thomas E. Hill, 1891, p. 138. It struck me as a pretty name for a romantic heroine, and I adopted it for my character a few days before I brought out the old photograph I'd been picturing to get a better look at the image I already had in my mind for her.
I'd forgotten there was anything at all written on the back, but when I turned the picture over I found the names Miss Addie Kellam and J.B. Simmons written in pencil. Addie was such an obvious nickname for Adora, the discovery seemed so fortuitous as to be almost eerie.
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