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Historical Fiction

Childhood Influences: Where Ideas Are Born

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.11.2015 | 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 10.27.2015 | Books
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 10.02.2015 | Books
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."

'Darkness the Color of Snow,' a Conversation With Thomas Cobb

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Darkness The Color of Snow begins one icy cold night, when rookie police officer Ronald Forbert pulls over an old high school chum for speeding. The car is filled with drunken friends, and when Forbert attempts to arrest the driver for DUI, a freakish accident leads to the driver's death.

15 Liberating Ways to Experience Paris: A Walking Tour for the August 25 Anniversary of its Liberation

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 08.24.2015 | Travel
Meg Waite Clayton

The city's liberation on August 25, 1944 is widely considered the most romantic moment of the war. This short walking tour will visit the highlight moments of the liberation. You might stop along the route for some deliciously reviving French chocolate.

Stranger Than Fiction: Q&A With YA Author Eleanor Herman

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

There are very few books that offer a totally immersive experience, one where the reader can look around and see, feel and taste the world the author has created. I spoke with author Eleanor Herman about Legacy of Kings, truth that's stranger than fiction and writing her first YA series.

Summery Novel of Sisters and Honey

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Ultimately, it is the sweetness -- of the honey, of the sisters, of the sheer, breathtaking humanity in these pages -- that will make you fall in love, whether reading the book for the very first time or upon revisiting it.

Landfall: A Conversation With Author Ellen Urbani

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ellen Urbani is the author of the debut novel, Landfall, and a memoir, When I Was Elena. Landfall follows the journey of two women named Rose as they navigate the troubled waters of their lives in a post-Katrina South. We spoke about belonging, parallels, and Urbani's journey as a writer.

Suffering Doubts About Your Writing? Four Time-Tested Tips to Help You in Your Darkest Hours

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

1. Work with Your Hands: There is something satisfying about handiwork, because you can see the physical results of your labor. Whether you're baking bread, knitting a scarf, or weeding your garden, making something with your hands can set your mind on fire.

Behind the Scenes With Tyler Shields: "Historical Fiction" at Andrew Weiss Gallery

Jessica Robin Trent | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Jessica Robin Trent

In this video, Tyler Shields speaks from the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Santa Monica, California as he gives a behind the scenes look at the creation of his latest photography series "Historical Fiction," on view through June 30, 2015.

Summer Reading: Women's Fiction Style

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As the summer season heats up, some people like to take a dip into the ocean or the pools, others like to dip into their summer reading. Here are some titles to get you started whether you are at the beach or just wish you were.

Lilly Workneh

This Striking Image Shows A Different Side Of America's Racist History | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices

When photographer Tyler Shields captured the provocative photo of a naked black man hanging a white Klansman from a tree branch, he considered his wor...

Bruce Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we just had to pick his brain about writing historical fiction, non-fiction, teaching fiction, plagues, witches, wars and guns.

6 Heroines From Historical Fiction Who Break The Mold

Anna Freeman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Anna Freeman

The Fair Fight was inspired by the real-life bare-knuckle boxer, Elizabeth Stokes, who lived and fought in London in the early 1700s. When I found out...

Their Stories, Our Stories: Looking Toward Holocaust Remembrance Day

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

With Passover just behind us, and Holocaust Remembrance Day just ahead, Jews with family Holocaust stories have a double opportunity to reflect on their history of bondage, persecution, freedom and redemption.

Valentine's Day, Secret Love, and Edith Wharton

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women
Lev Raphael

Edith Wharton is not a writer you tend to think of on Valentine's day. Her marriage was unhappy and the affair she had in her forties was with a faithless cad (it was a secret until the 1970s).

'Lisette's List' Walks Readers Through Tumultuous, War-Torn World War II Europe

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Vreeland's exploration of the emotional and societal influence of art and her passionate descriptions of the countryside, with its rich scents and colors, the ochre mines and brutal mistral, but especially the vivid depiction of paintings, are the most pleasurable parts of the novel.

Creating Voices For Women In History: Meet Author Heather Webb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.28.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"There's nothing quite like feeling the heartbeat of a location and immersing oneself in the visceral sensations that are unique to each place."

Target Churchill: How Persistence Gave Birth to a Bestselling Thriller

Warren Adler | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Every novelist is asked where they get their ideas. I have spent many years reflecting on that mystery with most of my work. Target Churchill is an exception. It came via a person, a persistent messenger who, like Winston Churchill, never surrendered.

Need A Gift for A Book Lover?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding a great book for someone else can be quite the challenge during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help you on your merry way!

What Happened to the Historical Romance Novel?

Maya Rodale | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Once upon a time, a girl could find some bad ass cowboys in historical westerns, tycoons in turn of the century NYC, and medieval Knights charging in to save the day.

Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

The Abandoned Whore House at the End of Town

K. Ford K. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

Sometimes people ask me where I get the inspiration for my novels. Usually I don't know, but once in awhile, I can pinpoint exactly where an idea comes from. The other day I came across something I lifted right out of my childhood.

'Outlander' Starz Episode 2 Review: Women's Rights Reversal

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jessica McNeill Azar

When Claire arrives at Castle Leoch, her torn white dress from 1945, which the Highlanders all believe is her "shift" or slip, sets her even further apart in similarity from the other women at the castle.

Why I Gave John the Baptist a Wife

K. Ford K. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave.