Hello, I hope you don’t mind me joining your group. I’m not writing historical fiction but in my detective novel I’m thinking of having a chapter set in Poland just after the Second World War. Does anyone know about that region in that period, or could anyone recommend a book that would cover the area just outside Auschwitz and Krakow? Many thanks, G
Hi everyone, I’m also new to this group. I’m currently working on a novel that includes flashbacks to 17th-century rural Austria, and it’s giving me some grief, so it would be great to hear how people here would handle this kind of thing. The thing is that I get hung up on details, for which I often can’t find sources very easily (e.g., I have a scene in a church, and I have no idea what people would have worn, the seating arrangements, etc). What would you all do? Just make it up? Use sources that aren’t quite right in terms of time period or location but close? Keep looking..? Any advice would be most appreciated.
Thank you, Kate (Admin). After working on your suggestions last year - which involved about an 80% rewrite, I sent it off to an agent and she has asked to see the whole manuscript. It is not the same book that it was (thank goodness). So thank you for your input and advice!
I'm thrilled to have found this group! I recently finished my historical novel set in England and South Africa between 1917 and 1933. It's about a British girl who captures the hearts of two South African soldiers blinded in World War One and is inspired by the life of my grandmother. It's been a yearslong project with many rookie mistakes and detours! I'm now testing the waters with agent submissions and have steeled myself for rejection. Look forward to catching up on all the posts and contributing somehow.
Hello there. I am new to this community and have just seen this group. My novel is set in the 1860s - I guess that counts as historical? I love getting my teeth into the research and try very hard-ish not be distracted or diverted by fascinating snippets I discover. They are unlikely ever to appear in my book but they are useful to know. Anyway, I am very pleased to be here.
I've talked before about The History Quill and its services for authors of historical fiction (mostly editing, ARC readers, workshops, etc.) Well. today I read in their newsletter about some new features that are now available including book cover design and interior formatting. This is likely to be especially valuable to us because it is totally geared and designed for historical fiction. I'll post the links below.
About 10 years ago, I interviewed my Belarussian Jewish grandfather who was 11 when Germany invaded the USSR in 1941. It's a harrowing story of survival that needs to get down on paper, and now is the time.
I look forward to learning what you all are working on and getting inspired by other writers of the genre.
I'm just about to self-publish my first historical mystery set in late 15th century Seville. It's been a long journey of rejections and the proverbial steep learning curve. I'd be interested in finding a beta-reading partner for the second book in the trilogy.
Hello. Lovely to join JW and this group. It's interesting to hear what everyone is working on. I have a completed manuscript set in 18th century St Kilda. After excellent feedback from an agent and others, I decided to send it to a literary consultant for an overview, having had great advice from her on two crime novels. Oh dear. Apparently it's 'over-faithful to the setting and history', it doesn't 'subvert lifestyles and social conventions', and I've made the mistake of 'tidily marrying everyone off'. It was her opinion that publishers just wouldn't be interested in that kind of thing nowadays. Suffice to say, I don't know what to do with it now. It's taken years to get to where it is, and a major edit is unappealing. It's all so subjective, I guess. I read HF that subverts social conventions and I love it, but I also like HF that is true to the setting and time. Luckily I have other projects on the go, so this one is resting for now. Time will tell! All the best, Helen
Hi All, as someone new to attempting the noble art of writing historical fiction I've joined to gain understanding from your experience. I got hooked while on holiday in Morocco. I'd always known that the general who defeated Boudicca had crossed the Atlas. After our trip over the Atlas I started scribbling, but checked in Pliny and was bowled over by the fact that Pliny's description exactly matched the rocks and mountains that I had seen. I'd be interested to know how you pick up on the pictures from the past and compare them with the sights today?