I worried that my dear heroine would go up in flames if her lightweight silk dress caught on fire.
So, I did a little research*, and found some candles—not wanting to chance it with glassware and flammable liquids.
From unneeded fabric already in my home, I stitched together a fake dress, but wasn’t about to use silk…
The results changed the beginning of the story. I wanted to be certain that Rachael had plenty of time to be rescued, even though my research suggested that a woman in a heavier denim-type dress, with a candle falling against her, on a humid Oklahoma day, could have rescued herself.
*Don’t try this at home. This research was conducted by a professional and still had unsuccessful results.