About this blog

MKT PinkRoaming blogging land I have come across numerous blogs about historical fiction. Some focus on a particular historical period, some reflect a given writer’s work, some review historical novels, some celebrate long ago authors. I hope A Writer of History can augment the conversation by focusing on the reading, writing and researching of historical fiction.

Along the way, I’ll post about the historical periods I’m researching, books I’ve read, and the occasional personal post. You can find out about my novels here or visit my author website.

If you’re a first time visitor you might be interested in a few of the most popular posts by category.

FAVOURITE HISTORICAL FICTION AUTHORS

HISTORICAL FICTION SURVEY RESULTS

FINDING & TALKING ABOUT BOOKS

WWI & WWII

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy A Writer of History and will add your comments along the way.

18 thoughts on “About this blog”

  1. Love your blog!

    Sincerely Stephanie Carroll

  2. I’m delighted to have found your blog, Mary. My WIP is historical fiction set during WWI. I’ll be checking in with you often. And thanks for dropping in at my blog.

    • WWI – such a fascinating time. I would never have imagined being swept away with a period entrenched in war. If you have any suggestions for getting published, I would welcome them. Many thanks for your feedback.

      • I’ve been awfully slow to respond to this, haven’t I?! I have so enjoyed reading your posts. I independently published my memoir Growing Up Country. That’s been a good experience. When I began writing my novel, I anticipated looking for an agent and publisher – and who knows, I may still give that path a momentary nod – but I see even successful traditionally published authors publishing their own work these days. So I’m leaning to independent publishing again. email me at carolbodensteiner@ymail.com if you’d like to discuss this off line.

  3. Hi! Where do I sign up to receive email alerts of your blog posts? Thanks

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Mary. My work-in-progress novel can be considered historical fiction since it deals with the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa and two devastating events, one in South Africa and the other in the US. But it’s also a blend of realism and magical realism. This project is my #2 priority, though, as I want to finish the creative writing guide that I’ve been working on this year first.

  5. celticbrighid said:

    Your blog looks interesting and I’d love to come back and read all the posts but I don’t see a subscription area to join. I’ll get lost if I don’t subscribe I am afraid

  6. Very interesting as my current PhD focus on some of the same things that you will cover here.

    • We should be in touch, tollykit! I’m very interested in the subject area, and might be able to offer you some data to consider.

      • That sounds like a very good idea. I’m also a member of the Historical Novel Society.
        At the moment I am trying to analyse what I think two C16th annotators made of a C15th century text. But I hoping to move on to the modern historical fiction side of the PhD after that. Any help would be appreciated and of course acknowledged.

  7. Just stumbled upon your site thanks to the HNS facebook page. My first book takes place in post-WWII Tokyo and is based on my grandmother’s time working there in MacArthur’s HQ. http://www.amazon.com/Crash-Hard-Water-Nichole-Louise-ebook/dp/B00ECY7PA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434858153&sr=8-1&keywords=the+crash+of+hard+water

  8. I’m delighted to have found your blog. I’m an Australian writer of Historical Fiction and a reader of multicultural historical fiction, always looking for that new insightful read. Your blog has some great lists of books.

  9. Paul Fronczek said:

    Found your Blog listing in “Writer’s Digest”. I am working on my first Historical Novel set in France in the late 1500’s. This is book one of five books based on my mother’s family history dating from the late 1500’s, to the 1920’s in America. I’m reading for inspiration Gabaldon, C. Forester, Charles Dickens, Louis L’amour, Philippa Gregory and others. Any suggestions as I move through history of 1600’s in Canada, Exploration of the Mississippi, textile industry in New England, the California Gold Rush, and the roaring 20’s.

    • Hi Paul – thanks for your comment. You’ve chosen some great writers to investigate. You might consider Joseph Boyden for his novel The Orenda which is set in early 1700s Canada. Nothing comes to mind for your other topics except Rules of Civility by Amor Towles which is set in the 1930s – excellent writing. You might also want to check out authors like Edith Wharton to appreciate the style of writing and speech suitable for the 20s. You are undertaking a very ambitious scope! Wishing you good luck with it.

      • Paul Fronczek said:

        Thank you for the referrals. My family history has turned into a lot more than I had vision. But, I’m enjoying my writing journey from an an amateur to a serious writer of fiction. Wow, has my writing has improved over the past few moments. Your blog will be another tool to improve.

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