Interested in the story behind SAINT MAGGIE? Check out the graduate school research paper I wrote on Jacob S. Harden. The story stuck with me and eventually I decided to fictionalize it.
While the paper tells the sad story of Rev. Harden and his wife, Louisa Dorland, it primarily looks at the way Harden's trial and execution were covered by various newspapers - from local to regional.
I'm not sure how riveting a research paper is, but it certainly shows one way this historical fiction author was inspired.