Fiction versus biography – an author’s dilemma – All about historical fiction

I can see why many authors prefer to write historical fiction and why it was the best choice for me. Choosing fiction to explore this relationship meant I could be relaxed about the events themselves. I did not need to judge Horatio or Fanny, I just let the characters loose and their actions spoke for themselves. We know the broad truth and the novelist creates contexts or scenes in which these truths become evident to the reader. We will never know the entire truth but with the facts we do know, the imagined contexts (which themselves have elements of truth) it is possible to create plausibility. Together with the personalities, motives and values of the protagonists this is enough for a persuasive story about the hero and unappreciated wife. A host of lessor characters, who may or may not have been at the scene at a particular time, add to the texture of the novel bringing life and colour to the plot.

Fiction versus biography – an author’s dilemma – All about historical fiction

Click through to read a fascinating look at author Oliver Greeves and process behind “Nelson’s Folly.”

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