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Historical Fiction

Need A Gift for A Book Lover?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird: A Talk With Conn Iggulden

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Conn Iggulden is internationally known for his historical fiction. Now, he's begun the Wars of the Roses series with the first of three books, Stormbird.

The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Talk with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.03.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

It's been said that each of M.J. Rose's bestselling novels revolves around an enthralling secret. Her reincarnation novels include The Book of Lost Fragrances and Seduction.

Bullied: Diversity, Differentiation, Distinction

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Diversity is a term I embrace, and not just ethnically. I hate being stereotyped and having my choices restricted, not only in my life, but in the lives I create for my characters.

YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As we have some waiting to do until Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres, let's get our fill of rich period dramas elsewhere.

The Record of What We Believe: Mitchell James Kaplan on Historical Fiction

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Fascinated with the history of religions, Mitchell James Kaplan is currently at work on a second novel, set primarily in Rome and Judea during the birth of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism.

The Key to the Continent: Why Both George Washington and the British Fought Over This One Bend in This One River

Allison Pataki | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

Why was it here, in this sparsely populated and mountainous stretch of the Hudson River, that a cluster of colonies fighting to become a new nation sunk in its roots and decided to establish its most vital fortress?

Magic, Mystery and Suspense -- Highlights of 2014

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
M.J. Rose

I love reading... especially suspenseful fiction that touches on magic, myth and mystery. Here's my list of what I think is going to be stellar this y...

Tales of Hard Winters Long Ago

Jeb Harrison | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Jeb Harrison

For readers of medieval and Middle Ages historical fiction, winter may conjure images of castles, animal trophies hung above the blazing hearth, never-ending banquets with bottomless casks of wine and mead. But what of the peasants and their winter's tales?

7 Books I'll Never Write Because I'm Lazy, Impatient, and Just Not a Very Good Writer

Jason Crombie | Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy
Jason Crombie

Like anyone and everyone, I have ideas all the time for books I might write. Unfortunately I'm work-shy, undisciplined, and a terrible writer to boot. But, dang it, does that mean I can't dream?

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.

The Bible and Babylon, 560 BC

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

These mid-August days, some 2,500 years ago, witnessed a violent turn-about in power -- regicide followed by a week of king-less days. Imagine for a moment the uncertainty, the chaos. Imagine the mother of the assassinated king.

'There Is An Untold History Of Women'

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.29.2013 | Women

Though there are certainly notable exceptions to the rule, women's stories are often missing from the pages of history. Wildly successful British auth...

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 17: Riding the Orphan Train

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

What a lovely book. Christina Baker Kline does an impressive job of capturing the voice of not one, but two, very different children.

Written in Blood: The Son by Philipp Meyer

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.25.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The Son is a novel that is an epic in the truest sense of the word: massive in scope, replete with transformations in fortune and fate, and drenched in the blood of war.

How Researchers Are Using Fiction to Make Their Reports Accessible to the Public

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Here's the issue: because research is too boring and too difficult to read, very few people actually read it. The problem is that much of the research we're not reading is impacting us, or could.

Characters Stranger Than Fiction

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 06.17.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Who hasn't tossed out the adage "truth is stranger than fiction" after hearing some absurd but true tale? In fact, the saying has turned cliché from overuse. But when it comes to fiction writers, reanimating the lives of real people is a serious matter.

Historical Fiction, Then and Now

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I love historical fiction. A writer takes what is known about a place in time or a character from the past, and then transports the reader further and deeper into what are the blood and guts of the past.

On Writing, Self-Reproach, and Modernity

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 06.06.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Márai's novel Embers is so touching that it should be widely known, and I, who pride myself on being familiar with such obscure gems as Zeno's Conscience and Wide Sargasso Sea, am puzzled and shaken by my failure to have previously unearthed it.