#5onFri: Five Ways to Get Inside Your Historical Characters’ Heads — DIY MFA

I live in a house built in the 1800’s, so you’d think it would be easy for me to imagine the life of the 19th century character in my new novel Long Shadows. Tom Smiley is now a ghost in his boyhood home of the same vintage who is so deeply scarred by his time…

#5onFri: Five Ways to Get Inside Your Historical Characters’ Heads — DIY MFA

Bonus Track: “I Was The One”

Hi, everyone. Forty-five years ago today, Elvis Aaron Presley passed away. I’ve written before about what he meant to me as a musician. He’s even shown up in one of my books, the award-winning It Happened in Memphis. Today, I want to share a live recording (not very hi-fi, but it’s from 1956, when he was only 21 years old). This video shows not only his amazing voice, but his tremendous sense of humor.

Rest in power, Elvis.

Using real people in historical fiction – how much can you invent?

Excellent advice here.

Nail Your Novel

I’ve had this question from M:

I’m writing a historical novel set in Australia in 1872. The fictional events are based on real events or phenomena. A few characters are based on real people, who I’ve researched. One is Thursday October Christian the second, grandson of Fletcher Christian, of the Bounty Mutiny fame. During his life he held positions of responsibility on Pitcairn Island. He is making a cameo appearance, greeting characters as they arrive in a ship.

My problem is this. There is very little information on him, so I am wondering how to describe him. There is information on his father, who was a colourful character, so I would like to model TOC 2nd on him. But what would you do?

No matter what you write, there’s one thing you must assume. Whatever you fudge, whatever you’re inaccurate about, will be found out.

Partly this is sod’s law…

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Cover Design – The Special Challenges of Historical Fiction — A Writer of History

Helena P. Schrader is an established aviation author and expert on the Second World War. She earned a PhD in History (cum Laude) from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler. In addition to several non-fiction books, Helena has published eighteen historical novels and…

Cover Design – The Special Challenges of Historical Fiction — A Writer of History