Tag: historical fiction

  • Yosemite Discovered Is Finished (Not) – Why I Love Writing Historical Fiction

      I love writing historical fiction. I just completed the first draft of my next novel, tentatively titled, Yosemite Discovered. It’s been a labor of love spanning two years of research. Now comes the hard part—executing a deep edit my manuscript and securing an agent to find a publisher. Since Yosemite Discovered will be my fifth …[ read more ]

  • Yosemite Trip

    In May I had the wonderful opportunity to take a five-day class with six other writers at Yosemite, led by writing “guru,” Margie Lawson. I learned much that I hope to apply to my my continued writing of Yosemite Discovered, my current historical fiction work-in-progress. While in California, I found many of the sites where my …[ read more ]

  • The Girls in the Picture

      Today I spoke with author Melanie Benjamin, a NY Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Two of her recent works include The Girls in the Picture and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Asking for her #1 tip on writing historical fiction, she said, “Write to entertain. Connect with readers on issues in the past that resonate in the present.” Benjamin’s latest …[ read more ]

  • The Silver Coin – The Aleppo Connection

    John Dewey once said meaningful learning occurs when successive learning experiences “are integrated with one another. It [a learning experience] can be built up only as a world of related objects is constructed.” That’s one of the tasks of volume 3 in the middle grade historical fiction series Ancient Elements –  The Silver Coin. This adventurous series about life …[ read more ]