Book blogger Erin of Historical Fiction Reader

Erin, the blogger at Historical Fiction Reader, and I have been Facebook friends for several years. She’s passionate about historical fiction (hmm – maybe you’ve already guessed that?) and shares that passion regularly on her blog and on Facebook. Welcome, Erin!

Why did you start blogging about or featuring books?

I’m a voracious reader and love talking about books. Unfortunately, I don’t know as many book enthusiasts in the real world. Blogging allowed me a means of connecting with other readers regardless of geographic distance between me and them.

What type of books appeal to you and why?

I’ve always been drawn to historical fiction. Something about utilizing the past as a lens to explore people and ideas fascinates me to no end.

Do you concentrate on a specific genre? If so, can you tell us a bit about your passion for that genre.

I owe my enthusiasm for historical fiction to Elizabeth Chadwick. I stumbled over one of her books, The Champion, on accident and fell head over heels in love with it. I’d always been passionate about history, but the book marked my first real experience with the genre. The framework of the narrative resonated with my passion for the past and I suppose I’ve never really gotten over it.

Who are your readers and followers? How do you engage with them?

I’m followed by fellow historical fiction enthusiasts. Some are readers, but several are writers and/or publishing professionals. Most of my engagement takes place on my Facebook page where I feature titles that have caught my eyes, share historical fiction articles, and host literary inspired discussions.

If you have a blog, what features does it offer? For example, ‘best of’ lists, author interviews, a book rating system.

I post historical fiction reviews and author interviews at Historical Fiction Reader. I post new release slideshows once a month and a weekly reading lineup on my Facebook page. Recently, I’ve also begun experimenting in historical fiction inspired flat lays on Instagram.

What ways do you use to attract new readers and followers?

Engagement mostly. I am naturally introverted but I love talking books and I find that simply posting questions invites others to share their thoughts with me.

How do you interact with authors and publicists?

Much the same way I interact with readers. Both camps are passionate about literature and publishing. Most seem to enjoy sharing their insights and opinions in casual social media discussions. That said, I am trying to attend more writer events. The Southern California Chapter of the Historical Novel Society has graciously allowed me to attend their bi-monthly meetings and I believe I’ve grown as a reader from their insights and expertise.

What trends or changes have you noticed in the book world?

The market is becoming increasingly dominated by trends, to the point where the market is flooded by the “it-topic” of the moment. I respect and understand the realities of the marketplace, but as a reader, the tidal wave of single subject lit is overwhelming.

Writing styles have also changed a great deal. Commercial fiction is riding high and while I respect the entertainment value of these titles, I can’t help missing the artistry of prose in the more literary offerings that used to dominate the market.

If you could wave your magic wand, what would you change about the book industry?

If anything, I’d like to see mainstream publishers invest in more diverse and inclusive narratives more regularly.

As a genre, I feel historical fiction overwhelming anglocentric with a heavy emphasis on only a handful of specific people, places, and events. I think this a disservice to readers and writers alike as it restricts opportunities, stifles talent, and represses artistic expression while growing a decidedly monochromatic collection of titles with all too similar content.

Many thanks for sharing your perspective, Erin. As someone who writes historical fiction, I truly appreciate the support you give to the genre.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. 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.

Book blogs galore

WOW – this year’s reader survey asked participants if they had a “reading related blog or website.” Of 2418 responses, 294 provided the names of their sites. What does this tell you about the reading ecosystem and readers’ desire to share their thoughts?

As promised, here’s the list.

https://booktastrophe.wordpress.com
https://kelseygietl.com
KaysBlog
http://www.FindingNapoleon.com
https://laughandbemeri.wordpress.com/
http://www.englishstudens.wordpress.com
Regency Retro Reads
https://jrlindermuth.blogspot.com/
http://books-reading-vice.blogspot.com/
https://cannonballread.com/
Faintingviolet.wordpress.com
amarriageofconvenience.wordpress.com
cannonballread.com
https://kingmagu.blogspot.com/
http://www.lovemandreadem.com
http://romanticanorosa.blogspot.com/
Caz’s Reading Room http://www.bookish29.wordpress.com
tedwitham.wordpress.com
http://www.ruadhbutler.com
All About Romance
http://www.sueingallsfinan.com
http://www.anaveragelife.org
http://www.lucilleturner.com
AngeliqueCongerAuthor.com
https://beforethesecondsleep.wordpress.com
Www.cassiedate.com
http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com
Destination: Fiction
Heidenkind.blogspot.com
Zenaparks.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/
http://www.clareobeara.ie
Www.ellentiernan.com
http://www.JanetsWritingBlog.com
Thebrokenspine.net
https://readinggivesmewings.wordpress.com/
http://www.janasbrownwrites.com
https://www.instagram.com/a_bookish_affair/?hl=en
NewLDSFiction.com
Https://Cozynookbks.wordpress.com
Grayson Books.com
Www.wayneturmel.com
https://pastpresentreads.blogspot.com/
http://tremblingleaves.wordpress.com/
http://www.kimberlyfish.com
https://artania7.wordpress.com/
http://fallingletters.ca
http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com
http://www.westmetromommyreads.com
http://pussreboots.com
martinejaneroberts.com
Burtonbookreview.com
http://www.mayliang.blog
Louby’s Lush Reads
http://www.facebook.com/writerjl
Www.simonsmusings.com
http://boomerhighway.org
http://devilwinds.blogspot.com/
HistoricalBritainBlog.com
http://www.kathryngauci.com/blog/
Tomes and Tequila Blog
http://www.donwhunter.com
https://www.megandimaria.com/
http://graceinourmoments.blogspot.com
Brandnewbooksmell on YouTube
shoalhavenreadersandwritersfestival.wordpress.com
https://joynealkidney.com/category/books-authors/
http://www.hillsboropublishing.com
What Cathy Read Next https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com
http://www.dansstories.com
http://www.reviews-redpillows.com
http://www.byrhtnoth.com
http://www.jturney.com
http://stevewiegenstein.wordpress.com
rosannedingli.com
Miss Darcy’s Library
Just One More Chapter
http://www.lindamariezupancic.com
Book Date    https://bookdate.blogspot.com/
https://wcs53new.wordpress.com
http://www.stabenow.com
https://b-m.facebook.com/ajuvchacko1970/
www Kitaab.org
https://greetingsfrommiddleearth.blogspot.com
@whatrachelread
Www.dnsmedia.co.uk
http://www.elinorflorence.com
http://www.sydyoung.com
http://www.damyantiwrites.com
Www.thebibliovert.com
http://cpa-booksandmoviesreviews.com
https://dearreader915.wordpress.com
http://susan-thebookbag.blogspot.com/
https://readershightea.wordpress.com
http://www.thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca
amheathblog.wordpress.com
http://rosannelortz.com
http://Whatmeread.wordpress.com
karenlcole.wordpress.com
https://fictionfanblog.wordpress.com
https://sallyfromoz.wordpress.com
http://www.leonierogers.me
https://omnivourousreaderbookreviews.wordpress.com/
https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com
fishlovesbooks.blogspot.com
Infinitejests.blogspot.com
https://bookwormex.com/ , https://quick-book-review.blogspot.com/
http://www.bookertalk.com
Anne.Pisacano.com
http://samsmithbooks.weebly.com
http://www.ann-otto.com
Mbkzakanj.wordpress.com
http://elisefrancesmiller.com/blog
http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com
CarolynHughesAuthor.com
https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com
FB Nose in book
melgough.com
renageorge.com
https://zoeburton.com/
Brayton’s Book Buzz
Healthy people learn.wordpress.com
Writers Who Kill, The Stiletto Gang
http://aliteraryvacation.blogspot.com
http://www.killercharacters.com
TheStillettoGang.com
http://www.cindyvallar.com/reads.html & http://www.cindyvallar.com/bookaneer.html
https://rwranniewhitehead.blogspot.com/
http://www.bragmedallion.com
ymnelson.com
https://callmemadam.livejournal.com/
https://felcherman.wordpress.com/
https://medium.com/@ScottStavrou
https://halfmanhalfbook.blogspot.com
http://www.tripfiction.com
http://www.helensusanswift.com
Www.facebook.com/katerock.litchick
Nicolefeller.com
Books Etc.
http://www.kaycrabbe.com  (author website)
Www.dorothysasso.com
https://silvatrend8553.blog/
clarerhoden.com
Rebecca’s Book Reviews
I Love Books (Facebook)
Http://cheekypeereadsandreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
noveldieas.ca
https://shop.indianahistory.org/Products/TheKimberlinsGoToWar.aspx?skuid=1012641
https://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/blog
https://www.nicolawardley.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/ and goodreads.com/AndreaStoeckel
http://www.facebook.com/mybookreviewsforyou
writeonsister.net
https://www.writeradvice.com
randyattwood.blogspot.com
JulzReads.com
booksasfood.blogspot.com
http://www.novelgossip.com
http://www.readervoracious.wordpress.com
https://omnireader.blogspot.com/
A Novel Bee
http://www.journojohnson.blogspot.com
You can find me on Wattpad under user name ivy475.
I don’t have one, but thank you.
http://www.happiestwhenreadingblog.wordpress.com
Nut Press (https://nutpress.co.uk)
http://www.donmassenzio.com
http://www.instagram.com/basicbsguide
http://www.alayland.uk; member of @theprimewriters
https://thecaptivereader.com/
Thelifelongreader
http://www.thehawaiiproject.com
http://www.elisabethstorrs.com/blog/
http://www.mcpigpearls.blogspot.com
http://www.triciacopeland.com/index.html
Sue’s Booking Agency
http://www.writersideoflife.com
Www.karenrbrooks.com
http://mastoreyauthor.blogspot.com/
StuckinaBook.com
http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com
http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk
read-and-be-merry.tumblr.com
Readingladies.com
cassmorriswrites.com
http://www.lovintoread.blogspot.com
http://www.booksbywomen.org
http://montanamade.weebly.com/tell-tale-book-reviews
http://www.madcaphat.com
My Cozy Chaos
Instagram account under @Crypticartisan
https://homesweethouser.wordpress.com
https://tasmanianbibliophileatlarge.wordpress.com/
Www.marytateengels.com
Instagram: _magicbookdom_
BOLOBooks.com
Www.lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com
readingontheedge.tumblr.com
https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com/
http://www.hergraceslibrary.com
Www.ashleyrichauthor.com
http://www.SusanMcDuffie.net
http://www.maxovertonauthor.com
https://sweetteaandcritiques.blogspot.com
Http://vicklea.com
jorielovesastory.com (thank you!)
https://betweenlifeanddreaming.blogspot.com/
Book Natter
Svetlana’s reads and views
http://www.instagram.com/tina_readsbooks
https://booksaremagic.blogspot.com/
discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com
Elle Thinks (https://ellethinks.wordpress.com/)
https://www.facebook.com/TripleRICofF
Http://cupofsensibility.blogspot.com
http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com
http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com
http://www.elisemccune.com
Pamsloveofbooks
I am in process of starting one
http://www.SuzanneAdair.net/blog/
White Pine Cozy Mysteries
https://benjaminlclark.com/blog/
http://keirasoleore.blgospot.com
capricornanonymous.blogspot.com
Reader Report Cards group on FB
Bitty’s Buried in Books
Dacebook Page: Sean Kevin Gabhann
http://www.stevebartholomew.com
https://alibacon.com
Sally E. Johnson facebook page
http://www.daniebotha.com
https://drchazan.blogspot.com/
http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot.com/?m=1
elizabethcaulfieldfelt.com
https://www.jane-davis.co.uk
http://www.josbookjourney.wordpress.com
http://www.dougboren.com
WordPress.booksandmargaritas
starlitebooknook.wordpress.com
Discovering Diamonds : https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk/
namiesbooks.wordpress.com
Musings of a Bookish Kitty (https://lieraryfeline.com)
SuanneSchaferAuthor.com
Caz’s Reading Room
JudithStarkston.com
elizabethhopkinson.uk
http://www.stevenspen.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/bookwormsanonymous15
Rakes and Rascals
http://bescott32.wix.com/the-five
Book Blog https://www.ajsefton.com/blog-1
http://www.stephaniechurchillauthor.com/
Seamus O’Griffin
Passages to the Past (http://passagestothepast.com
Charles Ray’s Ramblings (http://charlieray45.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion
https://forwinternights.wordpress.com/
Greyowl.wordpress.com
http://www.goodbooksgoodfriends.weebly.com
https://histfict.fr (French language blog on historical fiction)
outofthebex.com
https://adrianadvorska.wordpress.com/
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kcthedreamer
jeffreykwalker.com
suneethaspeaks.wordpress.com
In Literary Love
https://Karavansara.live
https://www.instagram.com/camilledimaio__author/
LillianMarek.com
Www.exurbanis.com
https://sanjivpurba.wordpress.com/
The Queens Quill Review
girl-who-reads
http://www.patwahler.com
http://www.sallykoslow.com
http://wordsandpeace.com
http://www.maryannheinsman.com
Http://silversolara.blogspot.com
http://www.laelbraday.com
http://www.karenwills.com and Montana Women Writers
The Owl Lady Blog
http://www.jean-lombard.com
http://www.pruebatten.com
Http://pebbleinthestillwaters.com
http://www.spiritblog.net
thetbrpile.com
https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/
shereadsnovels.com
https://tonyriches.blogspot.com/
Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Where Genres Collide
https://bookslifeandeverythingnice.wordpress.com/

Thanks to all who shared their information and their love of reading.

FOR MORE ON READING & WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION FOLLOW A WRITER OF HISTORY (using the widget on the left sidebar)

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. 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.