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Monday, August 26, 2013

Writing history...it ain't what you think!

Pick a period in history that you love.
What do you know about it?
List that.
Now.
Can you make that into 20,000 words of BELIEVABLE text? 30K? 50? 100K? Fiction? With moving parts, intelligent characters and realistic conflicts?
Riiiight.
What does an author of historical fiction REALLY have to know?
Say, you're writing about folks who want to revolt against the king...
You will have to research:
What they wore to the revolution.
What they ate while they revolted.
Where they went to revolt.
How they traveled there.
What their demands were...and why.
Oh, boy.
For my latest Regency, HIS DELECTABLE COOK, I had to know (among other glamourous facts):
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  • 1820s English Law regarding women's inheritances. (No lie.)
  • How staff was hired. By whom.
  • How staff related to each other.
  • How an heiress could be robbed of her rights.
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For WITH HER KISS, my newest erotic medieval (now on pre-order, BTW, so go save $$$), I had to become re-acquainted with:
  • Structures of dungeons
  • What Dominican monks wore
  • Geography of western England and Wales
  • Structure of one famous castle (Nope. Won't tell you which one, but it DOES HAVE a SECRET DOOR!)
  • Whereabouts of King John when I set the story
  • King John's other misdeeds
  • All of which is background to the barons' decision to make John sign the Magna Carta!

Didn't know that the Magna Carta was the first blow to establish women's rights?
Well, now you do!
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6 comments:

  1. Congrats on your upcoming release, Cerise!
    Writing historical is a great deal of work.

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  2. Congratulations Cerise on another wonderful book.

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  3. Hello, my favorite history buff (heavy on the buff, LOL!) Will be rushing over to check this out...

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    1. HEY, BABE!!!! long time no talk! Glad to see you here!

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