Mary Tod

About me

I write historical fiction focused on WWI and WWII. In addition to writing and research, I enjoy exploring how the changing world of publishing is affecting writers, agents, publishers and others. HNS offers a wonderful change to connect and participate with like-minded individuals.

From my website

A Tale of a Female Samurai in Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway

Few of us know much about Japanese history, let alone in the 12th century. In her third novel, Sisters of Heart and Snow, Margaret Dilloway takes us into this world using the story of Tomoe Gozen, one of the only female samurai documented in Japanese lore. I had the pleasure of writing a…

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. While every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements, historical fiction has the added challenge of bringing the past to life. Since I work best by example, I’m…

Reader surveys of interest

Trolling the web is one of my favourite pastimes and I can lose myself for hours diving down one proverbial rabbit hole after another. A few days ago, I decided to search the combo of social reading and reader surveys to see what serendipity would produce. Goodreads conducted a 2014 survey, reported in…

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