"Tiptoe Through Time" is meant to be more paranormal romance than historical fiction, but it's set in a town that has a fascinating history and is actually registered in the National Registry for Historical Places. I go to Port Gamble to have tea at The Port Gamble Tea Room, read books atNumber 7 books , and let my kids run off steam at their park, but I have never been to their museum, and I thought it was the perfect time, since I wanted to write a "Brief History of Port Gamble" after my completely made up version of the historical town from the short story.
What ended up happening was that I got some wonderful information from very helpful residents and I got to spread the word about my little undertaking. Carol, at the Port Gamble Museum, was super helpful and even offered to get me some historical photographs to put online next week, so look forward to seeing those soon. I talked to a man wandering the museum who had worked at the mill when it was open and I was able to take some wonderful pictures of the artifacts of old Port Gamble from as far back as the setting for my story, the 1800's (see the pictures below). My children loved the displays. My daughter even said, "It's like we are in a different time, mom." I've always felt that way about Port Gamble, hence the inspiration for my short story.
If you want to learn more about the town's history (after picking up my spooky short story you will be too intrigued not to), you should stop by the museum. It really was a nice little outing for me and my children and I learned a lot of wonderful things that I'll be able to add to my book.
For more information on the setting for "Tiptoe Through Time" you can go to Port Gamble's website. For more on "Tiptoe Through Time" look under the "Poetry and Short Story" tab on this webpage. The short story will be available in select stores for free (the list of stores is forthcoming) and for a very affordable price online, for those of you who aren't local. But I suggest you come on down to Kitsap County and get a hold of your copy of this Halloween tale.
H.M Jones is the author of B.R.A.G Medallion Honor and NIEA finalist book Monochrome, its prequel Fade to Blue, the Adela Darken Graphic Novellas, Al Ravien's Night, The Immortals series, and several short stories.