Tag Archives: historical novel

Writing history: getting it right

The Prime Directive applies to writers of historical fiction as well as starship captains. We both have the power to change the face of history. Continue reading

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What readers want from historical fiction

My job is to tell a bloody good story set in a world that conveys “a sense of historical truth”. Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel on the “deception” of empowering female characters in history

Characters should operate within the ethical framework of their day – even if this shocks readers. Continue reading

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The problem with historical fiction

The challenges of portraying the “strangeness” of a different era. Continue reading

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15 minutes

I need to go back to basics. What does my heroine want? What is the “hook”? What is my USP? Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End

The private, special, potent months of pregnancy are over and the kid’s arrived and it’s time to man up. Continue reading

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Inspiration strikes (but how? and why?)

This time last week, I was in Spain, staying in a small hotel in Grenada. The room was tiny, the floor space almost filled with bed, miniature chair, spindly bedside table, and odd piece of furniture made up of many tiny drawers … Continue reading

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Tinker’s shuffle

The importance of being open to surprise and being ready to learn from the unexpected. Continue reading

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Portrait of an unknown woman

It took me a long time to really see my heroine in my mind. Continue reading

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A sense of duty

One of the first things I had to sort out when I started writing was what really motivates my heroine. Continue reading

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