The topic of successful historical fiction is a focus for this year’s blogging efforts. I’ve already done two posts examining award winning novels Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Tightrope by Simon Mawer. More will follow.

Today I’ve created a series of questions for readers and book bloggers and since all of you are readers and some of you are book bloggers, I invite you to provide comments or to contact me directly [mktod at bell dot net] if you’re prepared to be interviewed.

  • What’s your definition of successful historical fiction?
  • What attributes are most important to you when designating a novel ‘successful historical fiction’.
  • Which authors do you think create the most successful historical fiction? (please restrict yourself to a small number of authors!)
  • What makes these particular authors stand out?
  • In your opinion, what aspects prevent a novel from being designated successful historical fiction?
  • Are famous people essential to successful historical fiction?
  • Does successful historical fiction have to say something relevant to today’s conditions?
  • What role does research play in successful historical fiction?
  • In your opinion, how are these elements critical to successful historical fiction? Characters. Setting. Plot. Conflict. Dialogue. World building. Themes.
  • Do you judge historical fiction differently from contemporary fiction?

I suspect there will be a little overlap in these questions. Feel free to comment on as many questions as you can, or as I mentioned above, let me know if you’re willing to be interviewed.

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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, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.