Exciting Stuff!

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I wanted to mention several things that I’m excited about. First and foremost, here’s the cover design for my forthcoming nonfiction book about the Woodville family. Love it! The book will be released by the History Press  in October of …

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So, Sir, When Did You Stop Raping Your Wife?

A few weeks ago, I received a copy of Philippa Wiat’s  1983 novel about Katherine Grey, Five Gold Rings. The novel opens with a chapter showing Katherine’s older sister, Lady Jane Grey, being cajoled, whipped, and finally raped by a …

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As You Know, Bob, When Henry VII Founded the Tudor Dynasty . . .

One of the biggest pitfalls which can befall the historical novelist is what has been called the  “As you know, Bob” syndrome. This is where the writer, needing to give the reader some necessary information, has one character impart it …

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"Further Reading" Sections in Historical Novels?

I’m going out of town for a couple of days (work, not pleasure, but with pretty scenery, I hope). While I concentrate on lofty, airplane-encouraging thoughts, here’s a question for you: Do you like it when historical novelists include a …

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Words, Words, Words!

There’s been an interesting discussion on Nan Hawthorne’s blog about historical accuracy in which the question of word usage has come up. Should writers of historical fiction try to “write forsoothly”? Or simply to avoid using any words that weren’t …

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Accuracy Redux

Over the past couple of days, a few posts have popped up dealing with the subject of historical accuracy in historical fiction, specifically with the question of how one should depict historical figures. Here, for instance, are posts by Nan …

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You Guessed It–More Dummies Books!

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Since Alianore, Lady Despenser, and Gabriele have all joined the ranks of “Dummies” publishers, I couldn’t resist the urge to expand my own “Writing Made Easy” series. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via …

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In Which This Blog Descends Even Lower Into Silliness

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I should be working, but it’s still Thanksgiving weekend and I’m not inclined to be industrious. Fortunately, I came across this site some time ago (I think it was via someone’s blog, but I can’t remember the culprit) and decided …

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Ten Rules for Writing Ricardian Historical Fiction

As it’s been quiet in my part of the blogsphere, I’m double posting this one on my Richard III blog. Some time ago (I never was accused of being au courant), rules for writing various sorts of historical fiction were …

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Ten Reasons to Write Historical Fiction

1. If your hero is riddled with angst, it’ll be because someone is trying to overthrow him, not because he is having a mid-life crisis. 2. There is seldom a need to have one character say to another, “I’ll be …

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