Hands-on with History: Researching Material Culture

Guest Post by E. C. Ambrose - An archive, library, or internet equivalent is your usual starting point when developing the ideas, conflicts and characters you’ll weave into a narrative. While reading is a great place to begin, relying strictly on written matter to re-create a historical world can lead to limitations that prevent the … Continue reading Hands-on with History: Researching Material Culture

The World Needs More Heroines! Use the Heroine’s Journey to Outline Your Next Historical Novel

Guest Post by Robin Henry - Writers of historical fiction often face criticism for placing “modern” characters in a historical setting. Readers send angry emails about how writers got it wrong. “That could never happen!” they exclaim. These comments frequently concern the actions of female characters. This essay asks writers to look for the spaces … Continue reading The World Needs More Heroines! Use the Heroine’s Journey to Outline Your Next Historical Novel

Historical Fantasy: Fantastic Answers to Historical Questions

Guest post by Matthew Lucas - One of the pleasures of writing historical fantasy is working within the weave between the facts of history and the flights of “fantasy,” or, as W.R. Irwin set the term, the “overt violation of what is generally accepted as possibility.” Whether it’s following a golem around the Lower East … Continue reading Historical Fantasy: Fantastic Answers to Historical Questions