Writing Modern Historical Fiction

My tale, His Beloved Infidel, is a modern historical

Quote from article: Obviously, the story must take place in a historical period – but is that sufficient? In my opinion, the historical setting does need to play a central role in the story. The genre may be more specific than simply historical of course, and genres can be combined. A historical romance, for example, would need to meet the requirements of both historical fiction and romance.

via Writing Modern Historical Fiction


State of the Author: An Update

Hello, and happy Sunday, everyone. Just a quick update on where I am with a great many projects.

— The first eBook in the Pocketful of Stories series, Last Stop: Storyville, was published on September 9.  You will find it at your usual retailers, and it’s a bargain at 99 cents.

— I’m working on a short story for Detecive & Steam Magazine. It’s called The Axe Man Cometh, and is based in part on a real incident in New Orleans history.

— I attended my first meeting of the Silicon Valley Chapter, Romance Writers of America, yesterday.  After the business meeting, there was a workshop entitled “Awakening Your Senses for Writers,” by erotica author Eden Bradley (“The Dark Garden”).  We had exercises for each of the five senses, and talked about what words and imagery each of the activities raised for us. This would be a great workshop for authors of any genre, and if you get a chance to take it I think you would benefit.

Likewise, the RWA is not just for romance writers; it’s for writers of any genre who want to improve their craft.  So, check out your local chapter and its offerings.  I belong to three chapters myself, in addition to the national organization.

— Physically, I’m having ups and downs.  My Hashimoto’s seems to be getting worse and the doctor isn’t ready to up the dosage on my medication yet (despite my requests).  This is not only based on how I’m feeling, pain levels, etc., but actual lab tests.


A year ago, I had reached the point where the only way I could walk was to use a cane. That’s how bad the pain was. I was looking at Rollators, and wondering how I was going to retain my mobility. In a moment of flat-out desperation, I ordered a pair of G-Defy sneakers, which are not inexpensive … but are marketed with a guarantee to stop foot pain. I can tell you that I’ve experienced about 85 percent relief from my plantar fasciitis and posterior tibial tendinitis, both of which are related to my Hashimoto’s disease, and have been able to start my walking program again. I’ve had a few days in which I’ve broken three miles, but most days I’m able to get to my goal of two miles, and that’s a big change from where I was.

— Don’t forget, I’m doing InDScribe Con in Burbank, October 4-6.  There are still seats at my table with author Holly Barbo for the Reader Rave. I hope to see you there.

Weekend Reads: “Ruler of the Night”

Ruler of the Night (Thomas De Quincey #3)Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The railroad network in England is still something of a novelty when Thomas deQuincey (Confessions of an English Opium Eater) and his daughter Emily are taking a trip. A man is murdered in one of the first class compartments, and the two begin investigating at once.

David Morrell has taken an actual historic person and made him a private investigator of sorts, and in doing so he takes us deep into British politics, society at all levels, police procedures of the time, and even medicine (much of the action takes place at a hydrotherapy clinic). From the most important royalty to the lowliest street waterboy, we get to know the people of London through the eyes of the deQuinceys and their two police detective friends (both of whom are in love with Emily).

Not only is Morrell’s prose entertaining; he draws you in with characters who are seldom all that they appear to be (the end of the book had so many twists and turns that I had to go back and re-read a couple of times to make sure I had properly understood). The “whodunnit” was a total shocker. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale.

View all my reviews