Red Pencil: Girl in Disguise

Cindy Vallar analyzes the work behind published manuscripts. In this issue, she profiles Greer Macallister’s Girl in Disguise (Sourcebooks, 2017). Life is a ...Read Article

Handling Contradictions: Margaret George on the Challenges Posed by Young Nero

A challenge of writing historical fiction arises when authors encounter popular opinion that runs contrary to documented fact. For example, popular opinion often ...Read Article

Conjuring the Essex Serpent: Sarah Perry & the Modern Gothic Novel

When Sarah Perry’s husband told her the legend of a winged serpent menacing villages deep in the Essex countryside, her imagination was ...Read Article

In the Name of the Family

Sarah Dunant, bestselling author of five historical novels, talks to Charlotte Wightwick about the challenges of writing historical fiction and how Machiavelli nearly ...Read Article

A Faraway Place and Time: Ronald Wright’s The Gold Eaters

A compelling story, history that’s sound without being intrusive, and characters that are human and believable – this is what you’ll find ...Read Article

Blending Scandinavian Noir & HF: Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter

In October 2016, from the six shortlisted historical novels,1 Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter was judged the winner of the Goldsboro Debut Crown. ...Read Article

Being “On the Ground”: An Interview with Felicity Pulman, Author of the Janna Chronicles

Australian historical novelists face challenges when writing about places thousands of miles away and centuries in the past. Felicity Pulman’s passion is ...Read Article

Writing the Legend Anew: James Wilde’s Hereward Series

James Wilde’s aim was clear from the very beginning of his Hereward series, set in England in the bloody aftermath of the ...Read Article

Billy the Kid: Ron Hansen on Legend Versus Reality

Ron Hansen’s novels illustrate his reinvention of Western historical fiction by painting a more factually realistic interpretation of it. That has certainly ...Read Article

Fly Past: Writing Brings the Sacrifices & Dreams of the Past to Life

An elderly woman holding on to a secret from her past, one that leaves behind a trail of pain and regret — that was ...Read Article