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Historical Fiction

17 Years Without Television

Teresa Messineo | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Teresa Messineo

The year was 2000 and we were in the middle of watching Harvey (the Jimmy Stewart classic with the six-foot rabbit) when our television made a strange...

The First Christmas of the War: An Interview with Alan Simon

Phil Simon | Posted 12.06.2016 | Home
Phil Simon

Over the holidays, millions of Americans will pick up and read a book. I'm more of a non-fiction guy, but as an author I try to pay attention to liter...

9 WWII Novels Beyond Europe's Shores

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf With readers around the world embracing novels like Gone to Soldiers, The Nightingale, and Everyone Brave Is Forgiven...

How Do You Write a Novel? Learn the Rules. Then Break Them.

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

It's tempting to believe that novelists who have already published books know "the secret." But every novel, whether it's your first or fifteenth, pos...

A Refreshing Discovery of Witchcraft and Forbidden Love

Off The Shelf | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

The epigraph of A Discovery of Witches -- "It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches." -- immediately warns you're about to encounter a book out of the ordinary.

Book Review: 'Jacob's Folly'

Thelma Adams | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Thelma Adams

Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars I turned to Rebecca Miller as a writer-director having interviewed her on stage for her latest...

Michael Vance Gurley on Publishing His Historical Gay Hockey Novel

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Michael Vance Gurley when he won our Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) in Anderson's Bookshop (one of our favorite bookstores...

Their Thoughts, My Thoughts -- Launching a Legacy

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Barbara Stark-Nemon

ince Even in Darkness was published, and as I look back on that post, I find that bringing my book to a national audience has deepened and broadened my understanding of how my great aunt's life story has impacted others, by educating me in the ways readers have interpreted and evaluated my novel.

Promised to the Crown: A Conversation with Aimie K. Runyan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Imagine choosing a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in a new land at behest of your King and country in order to marry and mother in the New World.

A Burning, Brilliant, and Brutal Novel

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.22.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Molly Prentiss | Off the Shelf I recently listened to a New Agey yet fairly brilliant podcast in which a Buddhist psychotherapist discussed the me...

The Danish Girl is a Dazzling Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.18.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

When I see a movie that's utterly satisfying and is based on a novel, I often don't bother reading the book. I was so moved by Eddie Redmayne's per...

Castles, Kilts, and Combat... and a Love Story for Good Measure

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.11.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

Six hundred pages may seem daunting at first, but once I got into the story, I couldn't let go. It also didn't take very long to finish since I had to stay up late at night to find out what would happen.

Traveling in the Footsteps of King Arthur and Guinevere

Nicole Evelina | Posted 04.11.2016 | Travel
Nicole Evelina

My second book, Camelot's Queen (Guinevere's Tale Book 2) is out today. It's really hard to promote a second book in a series because you don't want t...

Author Jennifer Brown Talks About How to Research a Novel, Conquering Rejection, and Writing Even When It Hurts

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

I'm addicted to book review porn the way some people ogle real estate ads, vacation brochures, or the latest iPhone gadgets. When I first read the advance reviews of Jennifer Brown's debut novel, Modern Girls, I knew this was a must-read.

'A Friend of Mr. Lincoln' by Stephen Harrigan

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Mary Pauline Lowry

From its first pages, "A Friend of Mr. Lincoln" dives into the terrain of mortality and legacy, of friendship and the yearnings of youthful ambition that later become painful to reflect upon.

Historical Fiction Gets No Respect -- Here's Why It Should

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts

When Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and other novels about Thomas Cromwell became surprise international bestsellers several years back, it wasn't their le...

Author Yona Zeldis McDonough on Lucky Breaks and Following Your Writing Instincts

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of seven novels for adults. She is also an award-winning children's book author with 26 children's books to her credit, a journalist, an essayist, and a fiction editor who helps aspiring writers polish their manuscripts.

Novelist Carolina De Robertis wins a Stonewall Award for her historical treatment of queer and transgender identity in THE GODS OF TANGO

Aya de Leon | Posted 01.29.2017 | Queer Voices
Aya de Leon

Internationally bestselling novelist Carolina De Robertis is one of the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, which were announced earlier this m...

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.23.2017 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Holly...

Interview With Author Jennifer Robson On Writing Historical Fiction And Her New Book, Moonlight Over Paris

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Vanessa Carnevale

Jennifer Robson, the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over, shares insights into her writing journey and...

Giving New Life to an Old Story

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.12.2017 | Home
Off The Shelf

Typhoid Mary. It is a name so well-known it has become an idiom in American English, referring to a transmitter not just of disease, but of anything harmful or catastrophic. But who was Typhoid Mary? In her rich, sympathetic, provocative historical novel Fever, Mary Beth Keane explores the woman behind the infamy.

Why Guinevere Matters Now

Nicole Evelina | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Nicole Evelina

On January 1, my debut novel, Daughter of Destiny was published. It's the first book in an Arthurian legend historical fantasy trilogy which tells Guinevere's life story from her point of view, beginning at age 11 and continuing into her 50s.

Childhood Influences: Where Ideas Are Born

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Many of us remember movies from our childhood, their effect on us then and now. Sure, I saw all the Disney releases of my generation, but I was raised by a single mother and old movies shown on late night TV were my babysitters.

The Oxymoron of Self-Publishing

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.

The Lioness in Mark Twain's Court: A Conversation with Lynn Cullen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Cullen's novel unravels how Lyons shifted from being Twain's beloved secretary who knew him better than anyone else to, as he called her in a 429 page document, "a liar, a forger, a thief."