9 New Topics for Historical Fiction Authors

Presenting 9 new topics for the blog. Followers of A Writer of History have been generous with their time and creativity. After a Zoom call with six authors – my thanks to participants Pat Wahler, Margaret Porter, Merry Benezra, Vicki (VEH) Masters, Tema Frank, and Harriet Cannon – and a review of suggestions sent via email, I/we have several new topics to develop over the coming months.

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  • How does historical fiction illuminate the issues of today? – guest posts with authors, bloggers and readers
  • Covers – what works for historical fiction, sources of inspiration, trends, interviews with cover designers, different covers for different markets, avoiding the pitfalls
  • New authors – content targeting authors who are just starting out writing historical fiction. This will include highlighting previous posts as well as developing new posts.
  • Experienced authors – going deeper into the craft of historical fiction
  • Diversity and inclusion – depicting the past–behaviours and beliefs–in an accurate way but for the modern audience; reflecting on #OwnVoices as it relates to historical fiction
  • Marketing tips – since I am no good at marketing, this will involve reaching out to others with expertise; include tips and challenges specific to historical fiction
  • Publishing paths – advice from authors who have taken different paths including indie and hybrid
  • Writing a series – the benefits, the challenges, the techniques
  • Author interviews – build a compendium of advice from successful authors. I’m delighted that Merry Benezra has volunteered to help build some questions.

Lots of scope! More ideas welcome – and if any of these topics inspires you to write a guest post, please let me know.


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

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    1. Hi Nicole – many thanks! I’m open to your thoughts – and I recall a great conversation we had about marketing 🙂

  1. Hi! I’d be interested in writing a post about new authors, specifically tips on documenting research and why it’s important. FYI I have my first hf novel accepted for publication 2024.

    1. Hi Lisa .. many thanks for the offer. I like the angle of documenting your research – perhaps you can include some tips and techniques. I’ll be in touch via email.

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