My mother made history come alive to me. Of particular interest: Richard III (and those princes), Margaret Beaufort, the Tudors (how cliche), Tesla, Titanic, London’s history and Hollywood history from the silent era. I have almost no interest in the Restoration or Napoleon. I have been collecting information on Samuel Brannan, California’s first millionaire and the man who started the Gold Rush, in the hopes of writing my own historical fiction novel. This has me researching Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, sailing ships, Hawaii and the Civil War, just to get a feel for what his world would have been like.