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I’m pleased to announce a series of interviews with top historical fiction authors and top historical fiction bloggers.

After musing on the historical fiction survey, I thought that a series of interviews with top historical fiction authors and top bloggers would provide interesting insights. I have developed a set of questions and secured the agreement of all four top bloggers as well as seven authors in the top 20 group. Responses will be posted beginning this week.

Questions for top authors include:

  • Do you have a particular approach to research and writing?
  • What ingredients do you think make for a top historical fiction author? Do you deliberately plan for these ingredients in your writing?
  • What brand are you trying to create for yourself?
  • What do you do to connect with readers?
  • What strategies have guided your writing career?
  • What would you do differently if you were starting again?
  • and several more…

Questions for top bloggers include:

  • What new trends are emerging in historical fiction?
  • Is historical fiction growing in popularity. If so, why?
  • What are your marketing strategies for your blog?
  • Why do you think so many people blog about historical fiction or participate in blogs about historical fiction?
  • What advice do you have for writers?
  • and several more…

Top authors who have agreed to participate are: Elizabeth Chadwick (3), CW Gortner (8), Margaret George (10), Michelle Moran (11), Susan Higginbotham (15), Deanna Raybourn ( 17) and Helen Hollick (19). I’ve listed them along with their top 20 position taking into account authors with the same popularity ranking.

The top HF bloggers are: Reading the Past, Passages to the Past, Historical Novel Society and Historical Tapestry.

It will be exciting to hear their responses and see if some patterns emerge. Stay tuned.