Writing Historical Fiction - podcast

One of agent Kevan Lyon's favorite areas to work in is historical fiction. In this interview she shares tips for creating well-written historical fiction, with examples drawn from her own work. "The best authors in the genre are passionate about getting the history right," she says, "but because it's fiction, they get to use their imaginations, too." You're going to have readers that know the types of flowers growing in the region at certain times of the year so accuracy is vital. However, you get to create and develop relationships in a way that allows people to connect with your readers. The balance is tricky, but the payoff of writing really beautiful historical fiction is fantastic.

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  • I have written three books based in the 17th century, following the lives of a family. The two initial characters are caught up in the Civil War. She is the daughter of a strip farmer and he is the son of a merchant. Finding out about the housing of the poorer members of society, and things like household items and cooking, has been very difficult as most books tell you about the homes of the gentry but I have had great fun researching everything. Thank you for such a helpful article.
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