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. For me, the most marvellous part of writing historical fiction is being able to walk through each scene in a different character’s skin, asking ‘In this situation, how would I think and behave if I were this person?’ So some of my own feelings and temperament naturally feed into the writing ...
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Page Turners: reinventing well-known historical figures
I have a blog post today on the Page Turners site, chatting about The Queen's Secret and how I approach the writing of historical fiction.