Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction

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My Love is a 16th Century Street Urchin

Historical fiction is my genre. Sometimes I do not think I picked it so much as it picked me. My father started me out reading the English and Scottish classic by Robert Lewis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, HG Wells, Jules Verne (yes, I know he was French but he lived in England) and an endless stream of "stiff upper lips". I once fell asleep during the annual Christmas reading of Christmas Carol and when Jacob Marley came booming into the room trailing his chains and boxes, I startled and fell off my father's lap. It was forever one of Dad's favorite memories. So it should be little wonder that this wee lass would grow up to love historical fiction. A teacher once said that history was a list of mankind's mistakes. I disagree, it is a list of the courage, strength and pride of our ancestors. It shows how we overcame adversity and grew from it to build America, Ireland and many other great countries. Historical fiction is also an intolerant task

master. If you are going to write about the Irish Revolution you darn well better know your facts. Sometimes even down to knowing that on a certain day in history it poured rain so bad that a battle was actually postponed. If you are not an avid reader and love to do research you may be able to write very good romance or science fiction but you will not write good historical fiction. In the past few months I have spent a lot of time with Eamon De Valera, the first president of the Irish Free State. I found out some things about him that will heavily influence my current book. I have also had to find out a lot more about what people ate when there were no potatoes and even why all Irish boys and girls both wore dresses until the got to be about five years old. Historical fiction has it's own unique idiosyncrasies and demands but like any other genre it only begs for a well written story to charm the crustiest old cronie into a big overstuffed chair by the fireplace for many long hours of pure enjoyment. Otherwise, we would not have the classics that were written two-hundred or more years ago.


My Love is a 16th Century Street Urchin

Historical fiction is my genre. Sometimes I do not think I picked it so much as it picked me. My father started me out reading the English and Scottish classic by Robert Lewis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, HG Wells, Jules Verne (yes, I know he was French but he lived in England) and an endless stream of "stiff upper lips". I once fell asleep during the annual Christmas reading of Christmas Carol and when Jacob Marley came booming into the room trailing his chains and boxes, I startled and fell off my father's lap. It was forever one of Dad's favorite memories. So it should be little wonder that this wee lass would grow up to love historical fiction. A teacher once said that history was a list of mankind's mistakes. I disagree, it is a list of the courage, strength and pride of our ancestors. It shows how we overcame adversity and grew from it to build America, Ireland and many other great countries. Historical fiction is also an intolerant task

master. If you are going to write about the Irish Revolution you darn well better know your facts. Sometimes even down to knowing that on a certain day in history it poured rain so bad that a battle was actually postponed. If you are not an avid reader and love to do research you may be able to write very good romance or science fiction but you will not write good historical fiction. In the past few months I have spent a lot of time with Eamon De Valera, the first president of the Irish Free State. I found out some things about him that will heavily influence my current book. I have also had to find out a lot more about what people ate when there were no potatoes and even why all Irish boys and girls both wore dresses until the got to be about five years old. Historical fiction has it's own unique idiosyncrasies and demands but like any other genre it only begs for a well written story to charm the crustiest old cronie into a big overstuffed chair by the fireplace for many long hours of pure enjoyment. Otherwise, we would not have the classics that were written two-hundred or more years ago.


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