Historical Fiction

Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

A guest post by Glen Craney. One of the pitfalls to guard against when writing the sweeping historical novel is losing the reader amid a legion of characters. The author becomes so immersed in the research and details that it becomes virtually impossible to understand what it will be like to read the story for the first time. Character rosters at the start of a novel can be helpful, but why require the reader to constantly turn back to refresh memory? I like to think of the epic as a long, endurance-challenging horse race. The author is the literary equivalent of a track announcer who calls the race for the crowds in the grandstands. Veteran announcers at Churchill Downs and Hollywood Park know that a critical part of their job is creating and maintaining suspense. They do this by periodic...

Historical Author Jonathan Digby Interview

Indie author Jonathan Digby, writer of historical fiction set in Elizabethan times, joins IndieBookWeek.com today for an interview. Welcome, Jonathan! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer. My background is that I am English, I live in London and I’m an actor and a musician. I wanted to write a book for a long time but couldn’t really decide what to write. I’ve started various writing projects over the years, but never quite found a style or topic which really kept me interested. It was only after I went back to university to study archaeology in my 30s that I hit on the idea of writing an historic crime novel. In terms of my other pursuits, I have a career as an actor in the United Kingdom and I have my own indie band – Boxgrove Pseudomorph – which is a bit of a si...

THE JANUS COMPLEX by Graeme Gibson

The Janus Complex, Book One of the Dark Secrets Trilogy, follows  the growing pains  of a young man (Jamie Raeburn) through all of the complications of life, love, lust, intrigue and violence. Street wise but impetuous he saves the life of an American sailor being brutally attacked in a dark Glasgow alleyway and his life changes completely. Why was Lieutenant Conor Whelan there that fateful night? And what secrets does he keep? Hospitalised with his injuries, Jamie meets and falls in love with Kate Maxwell, an English Nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit. Kate Maxwell too has secrets; secrets she feels she can’t divulge to Jamie and secrets that eventually force her to return to her native England leaving Jamie disillusioned with life. The action moves to The Midlands of England,...

Author Interview: Kellianne Sweeney

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with #TeaserTrain co-founder and author Kellianne Sweeney. Enjoy! Bio: Kellianne Sweeney was born in Columbus, Ohio but has also called New York, New Jersey, Washington, California, Texas, Virginia and Florida home.  She currently resides in Orlando, Florida where there are plenty of beaches, palm trees, sunshine and not the merest suggestion of snow.  Kellianne has spent most of her adult life as a teacher and has found this to be an important and rewarding channel for her energies. She has also had many stories in her head for as long as she can remember and is currently committed to sharing them. She firmly believes that imagination and creativity are what makes life three-dimensional. Website:  kelliannesweeney.webs.co...

Author Interview: Rosanne E. Lortz

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Rosanne E. Lortz. Enjoy!   Website: rosannelortz.blogspot.com Twitter: @RosanneLortz Facebook: Fan PageBook Trailer: ‘I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince‘ Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it? RL: I write historical fiction. Growing up, historical fiction was the genre I most loved to read, especially novels by older HF authors like Rafael Sabatini, Samuel Shellabarger, Edith Pargeter, and Rosemary Sutcliff. The picturesque settings, the adventure, the romance–those were all aspects that drew me in. In school, I always had a great interest in history, and although doing research papers can be like pulling teeth for some people, for me it was fun! Writing historical fiction is a g...

Author Interview: Patty Wiseman

The interview series with authors in my Twitter community continues with Patty Wiseman. Happy reading! Website: www.pattywiseman.comTwitter: @PattyWG Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it? PW: The genre is historical romantic fiction/suspense. I chose it because it is the genre I personally love to read, although this story has a special meaning for me. Q: How many books have you published? Legacy published, self-published, or a combination? PW: An Unlikely Arrangement is my debut novel and I am published with Desert Coyote Productions, an independent publisher. I do have several short stories published with the online magazine Angie’s Diary. Q: Tell us more about AN UNLIKELY ARRANGEMENT! How did this story idea come about? PW: It is based on the true story of my grandmother&#...

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