A few people have asked about images of Daniel Boone.. There are no photographs, which isn't surprising, given that he lived from 1734 to 1820. It's somehow permanently disappointing to me, though. The one portrait painted from life, by Chester Harding, was done in Boone's last year. People who knew him described him as about 5'8", "pony-built" and muscular. Some accounts have his hair as sandy, some as dark. His face seems to have been strong-boned, and his eyes were blue.
As I was writing, I wished more than once for a photo, which I always find a catalyst for writing. I didn't have a powerful visual image of him in my mind at first. I found myself wishing even harder for images of his wife, Rebecca, and his parents and children, who are all somewhat shadowy in the historical record. They eventually took shape for me with only a few throwaway descriptions to go on--Rebecca was black-haired and more than commonly tall, for instance.
Looking at photos of Victorian descendants, all lined up with their many children, was helpful. And a photograph of Boone's last son, Nathan, exists. He's supposed to have looked like his father. It's strange to look at his face, and to see how his eyes slide away from the viewer, refusing to be seen quite head-on.
I'm the author of My Name is a Knife, All True Not a Lie In It, and The Old Familiar.