Author Panel - Historical Fiction

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I actually have authors today! YAY!

Historical fiction is a diverse, complicated genre - as diverse and complicated as the history that it is fictionalization. I love reading it, especially ancient history, and now I'm going to turn things over to our lovely historical fiction authors.

First Question - Why do you write historical fiction?

Tammy Lash:
Honestly, I didn't set out to write Historical Fiction...or Romance for that matter. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is the story of my journey to healing using a hodge-podge of genres. I don't like "boxes". My book is like me... complexity of character and genre.

Victoria Lynn:
I have a passion for sharing the stories that are inside of me. In addition to that, history is something that is very important to me. I grew up fascinated by times past and all of the events that have shaped who we are. History is important. It has shaped our world, ourselves, and our lives in a way that can be changed by another event that will one day become history. I think it is important to know the course our lives have taken, where we came from, the basis for our countries, governments, etc. History does that. And reading a stuffy history book full of just the facts and the dates can be somewhat boring. I loved historical fiction as a child, teenager, and now. I learned a lot of what I know about history from historical fiction. I always wondered how people lived, how they would feel, what their emotions would be like when surrounded by these historical happenings. That is why I write in that genre. I hope to not only share my love of history with others, but also to give them a deeper look into what it might have felt like if they lived in that time-period. 
My other reason is because, I can still slide in valuable lessons, but there is something fresh about seeing how people from different times handled situations that are still prevalent today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so with that knowledge, it is fascinating to me to discover and learn what God meant to people in different times. That He was the same for them the way He is for us.

Jesseca Wheaton:
I want to be able to teach others about the sacrifices those in our past have made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. I want to do my part to make sure my generation never forgets that freedom us never free.

Second Question - What is your favorite thing about Historical fiction?

Katy Huth Jones:
My favorite thing about writing historical fiction is the research. It makes me feel like Gandalf to hunt for snippets of facts long buried and almost forgotten. Compiling information about people who have been dead for centuries helps bring them to life again for a contemporary audience. I don't just focus on the people, but also the world they lived in, the customs, attitudes, and political situation. It's similar to building a fantasy world except one must stay as true as possible to the few surviving facts. Once the framework is built then the gaps must be filled in with conjecture. It sometimes feels like a construction project!

Katy and Jesseca have both agreed to hang about and answer any questions that you guys might have, and Tammy and Victoria might each pop in and and answer if you have anything burning for them. 

Let the writing begin!

Comments

  1. @Victoria Lynn: I love your point about wanting to know more than just the dry facts about history. That's awesome that you were able to take that desire and turn it into actual novels! (I feel the same way, but I'm not that dedicated, haha.)

    @Katy: "It makes me feel like Gandalf to hunt for snippets of facts long buried and almost forgotten." That's marvelous. xD

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    1. Sarah, I confess I only thought of that when I saw a meme on Twitter once with Gandalf researching dusty old tomes and I realized that's exactly how I felt doing historical research. LOL

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  2. The construction analogy made me think of a 1918 airplane. You make a frame of wood, then paste fabric over the gaps. And I guess the engine is your characters & conflicts.

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