Reflections on Writing Historical Fiction … with Kate Quinn | A Writer of History

Writing in a historical era you know well is like lounging around in your favorite Pjs, or dog-paddling through the shallow side of the swimming pool. Taking on an entirely new historical era feels like being tossed head-first into the deep end: I was researching everything in a frantic effort to acquire the kind of familiarity with the era that novel-writing requires. Because it isn’t getting a battle’s date wrong that will sink your story; concrete dates and bare-bones facts are for the most part easy to look up—it’s the tiny details like not knowing if a zipper would be on the back or the side of a woman’s dress in 1947, or how much afternoon tea would cost with rationing laws in place.

I’m experiencing some of this myself, as I start a deep dive into ancient Rome and Pompeii.  Late 19th C. England and France are old friends, but the ancient world is something else!

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