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Dear readers – some of you will know of the reader surveys I conduct and I’m delighted to provide information and insights gleaned from the data you and others have contributed. You may also have seen some of the Inside Historical Fiction posts that include interviews with many authors giving their interpretation of what makes historical fiction tick.

9 QuestionsToday’s post is an open call to add your voice to the topic as readers and/or authors. Please consider the questions that follow. Answer any or all of them and send your responses to me either directly in a blog comment or via email to mktod [at] bell [dot] net.

  1. What are the ‘magic ingredients’ that make historical fiction unforgettable and irresistible?
  2. In your opinion, what do the best historical fiction writers do to ‘get it right’?
  3. Are historical novels inherently different from contemporary novels, and if so, in what ways?
  4. Do you see any particular trends in historical fiction?
  5. If you are an author, what aspects about the past do you specifically try to highlight in your novel(s)?
  6. If you are an author, what research sources and techniques do you use to ensure that conflict, plot, setting, dialogue, and characters are true to the time period?

I hope this prompts a lively discussion and interesting insights and perspectives! Feel free to pass the link along to others.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

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