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Historical Fiction

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

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

A Financial Asset -- Debunking Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

There were so many terrific words and phrases in the '20s, why not use them? If you're claiming your novel strives for verisimilitude with the lives, and if you cite to the biographies and letters and critical studies, then make the language real, too.

The Pinkerton Detectives -- Good, Bad, and Ugly

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

The Pinkertons have cropped up in many popular books and films over the years, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Dashiel Hammett, a one-time Pinkerton detective, admits he drew inspiration from his detective days in crafting such characters as Sam Spade.

Historical Fictions: Stranger than Truth?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Evan Gottlieb

This awards season, several movies that contended for Best Picture prizes came in for an unusual degree of scrutiny regarding their historical accuracy -- or lack of it. But playing fast and loose with history is nothing new.

And the Oscar Goes to... Story

William Dietrich | Posted 04.25.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

It's Oscar weekend, and in the desperate journalistic hunt for meaning in self-promoting spectacles -- the Academy Awards, the Superbowl, political conventions -- best-picture nominees have been criticized for straying from the truth.

Jonathan Odell Talks About Race, the Importance of Stories and The Healing

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

"The traditions of midwifery sustained the community during the grim days of slavery and Jim Crow. It was also a source of pride and identity through generations of African Americans, before being supplanted by the white medical establishment."

Are Novelists Obligated To Be Historically Accurate?

James Forrester | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
James Forrester

One speech particularly sticks in my mind - partly because it was delivered by perhaps our foremost historical novelist, Hilary Mantel, and partly because I found myself disagreeing her.