GETTYSBURG, Pa., May 04, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Best-selling historical fiction author Jessica James is turning the page on a new career by sharing some of her favorite historic places to visit in the United States on her travel blog Past Lane Travels.
Author of 19 novels spanning genres from historical fiction and women’s fiction to suspense/thrillers and sweet holiday romance, James expands his writing possibilities by focusing on his love for history and travel.
“I travel so much to do research for my novels and only use a small portion of what I find,” James said. “I realized that these almost forgotten stories about American history are of interest to other people as well.”
Although new, the Past Lane Travels website features various historic sites such as cemeteries, old homes, plantations, battlefields, and off-the-beaten-track travel destinations located across the United States. James also plans to focus more on his hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
“There are many hidden gems in and around the city that even frequent visitors don’t know about,” James said. She recently wrote about 15 Free Things to Do in Gettysburg to Help Visitors Save Money on Their Trip.
Some of the most popular articles on Past Lane Travels that highlight historic places to visit in the United States include the story of a little girl buried in a cask of rum at the Old Burying Ground Cemetery in Beaufort, North Carolina ; the history of the Harrison Brothers hardware store still in operation in Huntsville, Al.; and the beautiful home and gardens of Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC
This summer, James plans to introduce a new section showcasing popular food and drink in the different regions she visits. “The cultural aspect of local cuisine has always intrigued me,” James said. “From fresh Maryland crabcakes to Louisiana Cajun cuisine, it’s like visiting a different country everywhere you go. I want to share these mouth-watering dishes with my readers.
A love for history, travel and writing
James is no newcomer to the field of writing, having started his career as a news reporter. She worked for 18 years as a journalist and editor before focusing on writing fiction.
Her debut novel Shades of Gray was recently re-released as a three-book trilogy and all three books in the trilogy were nominated for a 2022 RONE Award presented by InD’tale magazine.
His other novels have won more than two dozen major literary awards, including Gold and Bronze Medals from the Military Writers Society of America and four John Esten Cooke Awards for Southern Fiction.
One of James’ last novels reflects his love for history, old houses, small towns and sycamores. The women’s fiction novel Lacewood is about an abandoned mansion that brings two lost souls together in a love story that spans centuries.
“It’s part love story, part ghost story and encompasses all my favorite things,” James said.
In addition to travel writing, James is also branching out with more freelance writing, focusing on in-depth stories of historical, military, and cultural significance. His most recent feature article appeared in the June issue of Vietnam magazine, highlighting the importance of the Huey helicopter and the work of the National American Huey History Museum in Peru, Indiana.
With gas and travel prices rising, James thinks short car trips to historic destinations will be popular this year.
“You’d be surprised how many historic sites are within a day’s drive of your home that you may never have heard of,” James said. “You can take a trip back in time rather than a long vacation to a distant destination.”
James also enjoys writing about small towns, taverns and historic hotels. She offers a free weekly newsletter at https://pastlane.substack.com.
CVBs, DMOs, magazines and websites in need of a quality content creator are welcome to contact [email protected]. (An added bonus is that your historic destination or establishment may end up in a novel).
Those who love American history and plan to hit the road this summer can visit Past Lane Travels for tips, resources and insights to be posted in the coming months. Escape the present and discover the past!
Award-winning author Jessica James combines her passions for history and travel as she explores America’s back roads and discovers the best historic places to visit in the United States. You are invited to follow his blog Past Lane Travels, because you never know what you will discover in Past Lane.
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