When I first started writing fan fiction over a year ago, this was one of my first stories. I still remember when I wrote the prologue, and I thought I would never do anything with it; it sat, abandoned, on my computer for months. Now here it is in its finished masterpiece, a story of love, friendship, hardship, and grievance.
From the beginning, I knew that Rose had to be the narrator of this story. It was written in her perspective up to part three, where I then switched it to third person. To get the overall sense of loss and recovery for the survivors, I knew that I had to not only delve into Rose's mind, but Jack and Ruth's as well. One year later, this story has come to a close.
In its time, Falling Rose Petals has reached a total of 12,734 views on July 31, 2012. It's the length of an average-sized novel for a beginning author.
For historical accuracy, I used many different sources so I could guiltlessly write Rose's time aboard the Titanic and get a sense of what life was like in 1912. However, this story is not clean: I will be going back and editing any historical inaccuracies using these sources as listed.
Titanic: The Tragic Story of the Ill-Fated Ocean Liner by Rupert Matthews
Exploring the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
Titanic: An Illustrated History by Don Lynch
James Cameron's Titanic by Ed W. Marsh
Inside the Titanic by Hugh Brewster, with images by Ken Marschall
Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic by Margaret Ann Brady
And I know I shouldn't be using Wikipedia, but I checked its sources with those from the books.
Sinking of the RMS Titanic
Lifeboats of the RMS Titanic
Other Internet Sources:
The Washington Post
Titanic Movie vs. Titanic History (Chasing the Frog)
White Star – Marty Crisp: Run, Spot, Run!
Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved (History Channel Documentary)
Next, I would like to thank the following people for adding Falling Rose Petals to their favorite stories list:
Lady Elena Bella Petrova
The Bedroom Writer
Time Force Red
And thanks to anyone who put this on story alert.
Finally, I would like to thank my beta-reader for this story, Romione4Life, who always writes the best Harry Potter fan fiction!
Thank you for bearing with me as this new Jack and Rose story was brought to life. I might do more with this later on (probably chapters of little one-shots of their life afterwards), but for now I will be working on Speakeasy Club and The Haunted Starlet.
~Lady Elena Dawson