Prompting Readers Senses

A book I read about the craft of writing encourages authors to appeal to every sense – sight, sound, taste, smell, touch – when writing a scene or dialogue. As

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Thoughts from The Historical Novel

Last week I mentioned Jerome de Groot’s book, The Historical Novel. The book’s chapter headings are indicative of the scrutiny de Groot offers his readers in the realm of historical

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Finding History in Hackney

While on leave in London, June 1918, my WWI soldier, Martin Devlin, visits the home of his sweetheart, Cynthia Gibson. For some reason – probably because I knew the town

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Interleaving past and present

I’m currently writing a story with two timelines, one for Martin Devlin living through WWI and the second for his granddaughter, Grace Hansen, in the early 1990s. The storyline emerged

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Surveying Fiction Readers

AN OPEN REQUEST  … After researching the reasons why people read historical fiction for a blog post, and finding almost nothing, I decided to create a survey to discover more

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WWI Crossing the Rhine

This picture is in my grandfather’s army scrapbook. Since I know he was with the army of occupation and he has this picture, I imagine he was there. Must have

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Versailles During WWI

While my grandfather’s army scrapbooks are eighty percent WWII, he kept a few pictures and mementos from WWI. This one, taken at Versailles, intrigues me. Why did this group of

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