Friday, 17 February 2012

The Compromise of Historical Fiction

I have a nice little piece over on the HistoryTellers site today, talking about writing historically and the various techniques required for turning 'real' historical figures into fictional characters:
When reinventing a well-known historical figure or event, a tension develops between the dry historical facts and the storyteller’s natural inclination to make those facts fit a more exciting vision. Writing becomes a compromise between what we know or have been told is the ‘truth’, and what we like to believe really happened ...

I've also had a friendly review of The Queen's Secret today at Words and Pieces, plus an utterly marvellous review earlier this week at The Little Reader Library.


  1. I read your article and have to agree. When I wrote my second novel, my MC was very good friends with Prince George, in 1810, before he became the Regent. George had a very interesting childhood as well as being spoiled rotten and extremely vain. So I used that history and how I would feel in his place when confronted with my fictional character problems.

    I think with using historical figures, we, as writers, can use a certain amount of creative license as long as we stay true to the historical accounts.

    Thanks. Great post.

  2. Thanks, Anne! That's very kind of you.


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