Posts Tagged ‘historical fiction’

  • June 26, 2014
  • Author Interviews
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Interview with J. Boyce Gleason, author of ‘Anvil of God’

With an AB degree in history from Dartmouth College, J. Boyce Gleason brings a strong understanding of what events shaped the past and when, but writes historical-fiction to discover why. Gleason lives in Virginia with his wife Mary Margaret. They have three sons. His latest book is the historical fiction, Anvil of God, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles. Visit his website at www.jboycegleason.com. Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Joe!  Can you tell us where you are from? I was born in upstate New York, but grew up outside NYC in a suburb called Briarcliff Manor.  After
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  • May 20, 2014
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Book Excerpt: The Witch’s Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia

Title: The Witch’s Salvation Author: Francesca Pelaccia Publisher: Francesca Pelaccia Pages: 388 Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal Format: Paperback, Kindle Purchase at AMAZON A witch who demands humanity. The immortal families who denied her of it. Two mortals commanded to right the wrong. That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.
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  • March 3, 2014
  • 20 Questions
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20 Questions with Historical Fiction Author Andra Watkins

Andra Wakins is a native of Tennessee but calls Charleston, South Carolina, her home for the last 23 years.  She is the author of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis from Word Hermit Press which is a mishmash of historical fiction, paranormal fiction and suspense that follows Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) after his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace in 1809.  You can visit her website at www.andrawatkins.com or follow her on Google+,Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads. 1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? Night. 2. Do you outline or
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  • October 15, 2013
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Interview with Mike Hartner: ‘My muse brought the character of Walter directly to me’

I have a great guest with us today at Literarily Speaking.  Mike Hartner, author of the historical fiction, I, Walter, is here to talk about his new book and any tips he might have to make the publishing journey easier.  Visit his website at www.accidentalauthor.ca for more information on this talented author! Q: Welcome to Literarily Speaking, Mike!  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book? I, Walter was created by a logger-jam on an original manuscript.  It was a late 20c setting, and just
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  • October 8, 2013
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Interview with Mike Hartner, author of ‘I, Walter’

Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband. His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son. His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter. Visit his website at www.accidentalauthor.ca. Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Mike!  Can you tell us where you are from? I am a United States citizen, born in Florida, and presently living in Vancouver, BC, Canada with my wife and child. Q: How did
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind ‘Vinland Viking: A Saga’ by Gary L. Doman

Inspiration for ‘Vinland Viking: An Original Saga’ by Gary L. Doman may have originally come not from books but from films. I’ve always liked motion pictures—Not “movies”, please!—in the genres of adventure and fantasy. (In fact, I once considered writing for the screen rather than for the bookshelf, and consequently started to rewrite a work of mine as a screenplay; I quickly abandoned the experiment, however, upon finding it less satisfying than being able to create the world of my characters without the co-operation of actors, a director, et cetera.) All the stories that I’m planning to write are adventures;
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  • February 21, 2013
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Interview with Jack Duffy, author of ‘The Man From 2063’

Jack Duffy is an attorney from Fort Worth, Texas.  The Man from 2063 is his first book.  On November 22, 1963 he was in school at Bruce Shulkey Elementary when he heard the news about President Kennedy’s assassination.  His parents were at the breakfast in Fort Worth, Texas, that morning when President Kennedy gave his last speech.  In 1970 he saw the Zapruder film for the first time.  He has been researching the JFK assassination since then.  He has interviewed many eyewitnesses including Marina Oswald and several Parkland physicians who treated JFK.  He has met many researchers who have written
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  • December 10, 2012
  • Ten Things
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Ten Things About The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy You May Not Know

John Knoerle, author of The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy, is my guest today! Welcome John! Ten Things About The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy You May Not Know   By John Knoerle 1.)  With the exception of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books I do believe that my American Spy Trilogy is the only series of espionage novels to exhibit a sense of humor! 2.)  The wisecracking cop or private investigator who uses gallows humor as a coping mechanism is a staple of mystery fiction, from Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe on down.
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  • November 6, 2012
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Interview with John Knoerle, author of ‘The Proxy Assassin’

John Knoerle began his creative endeavors in the early 70s as a member of the DeLuxe Radio Theatre, a comedy troupe in Santa Barbara. He then moved to LA and did stand-up comedy, opening for the likes of Jay Leno and Robin Williams. Knoerle wrote the screenplay Quiet Fire, which starred Karen Black, and the stage play The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club, an LA Time’s Critic’s Choice. He also worked as a staff writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Knoerle moved to Chicago in 1996 with his wife Judie. His first novel, “Crystal Meth Cowboys,” was optioned by
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Interview with ‘A Matter of Time’ Michael Bowler: ‘What if Dracula was a passenger aboard Titanic and contributed to events that sunk her?’

Michael Bowler grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended St. Raphael’s School and Marin Catholic High School before attending Santa Clara University. Titanic and her tragic fate fascinated him for as far back as he can remember. He has a vast collection of artwork, memorabilia and virtually every book ever written about the disaster. He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara and got a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and
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Interview with ‘The Promised Land’ Valerie Stocking + Book Giveaway!

We welcome today  Valerie Stocking, author of the historical fiction novel,The Promised Land.  Valerie is giving away a copy of her book (see details below interview)! Valerie Stocking was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and wrote her first short story when she was five.  When she was eight, she won a short story contest in Jack and Jill Magazine.  She wrote her first play at the age of ten.  In 1966, when she was twelve, she and her mother moved to a small town in Florida where they lived for a year.  During this time, Valerie experienced difficulties with the public
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  • February 29, 2012
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Blog Tour: A Conversation with Historical Fiction Author Deby Eisenberg

We have a wonderful interview today with Deby Eisenberg, author of the historical fiction, Pictures of the Past.  For more tour stops, visit her official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/01/11/pictures-of-the-past-virtual-book-publicity-tour-february-2012. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ As the leader of an established Chicago area Book Club, Deby Eisenberg challenged herself to write a novel that her avid readers could not put down and would love to discuss. With a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, she is a former English teacher and journalist. Inspired by so many wonderful books and formidable authors, and drawing on her love of literary research, art, architecture, Jewish history, and
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Book Excerpt: Telegraph Island by John Milton Langdon

TELEGRAPH ISLAND, by John Milton Langdon, Tate Publishing, 280 pp. Step back in time to the Victorian age. The industrial revolution in Britain is in full spate and electronic communication is in its infancy. Based loosely on fact author John Milton Langdon weaves a tale of romance and adventure on the high seas and in the Orient. Jason Smiley Stewart — My Life Story describes the life of an average man. Although he is born in humble circumstances, he shows how a combination of perseverance and intelligence aided by a little good fortune, can help any child overcome the disadvantages
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The Story Behind The Queen’s Gamble by Barbara Kyle

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen’s Gamble (Kensington). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Queen’s Gamble is the fourth book in my “Thornleigh” series of Tudor-era novels which focus on a middle-class family I created – the Thornleighs – as they rise up through three turbulent reigns. The historical record is always my jumping-off point for the novels, and The Queen’s Gamble was sparked by some fascinating research I’d done about the first international crisis the
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The Story Behind My Dearest Friend by Hazel Statham

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Hazel Statham, author of the Regency romance novel, My Dearest Friend. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• My Dearest Friend is the last book in the Dukes of Lear trilogy. Although all the books are related, they are stand alone novels and can be read in any order. Without realizing it, the trilogy started life over twenty-five years ago when I began to write Consequence, the first book. The idea for the beginning of My Dearest Friend
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  • August 15, 2011
  • The Story Behind the Book
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The Story Behind: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Melanie Benjamin, author of the historical novel, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I always tell aspiring writers that the most important thing they can do for their careers is read – and I have no better example of this than my newest novel, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB. I was halfway through writing the book that was supposed to follow ALICE I HAVE BEEN when I decided I couldn’t
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The Story Behind In the Aerie of the Wolf by Leonora Pruner

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Leonora Pruner, author of the historical gothic novel, In the Aerie of the Wolf. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Composing fiction is, in a way, like composing music. It can be done almost any place and has its origins in the dreams and imagination of the composer. Both are inspirations given hopefully a lasting form For a decade, my home was a rented room on an island slightly over a square mile in size, populated by
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The Story Behind ‘The Paris Wife’ by Paula McLain

  The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Paula McLain, author of the historical novel, The Paris Wife. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In Ernest Hemingway’s introduction to his memoir, A Moveable Feast, he writes, “If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” I’m hoping my novel will work to illuminate not just the facts of Ernest and Hadley’s
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The Story Behind ‘Resurrection Garden’ by Frank Scully

  The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Frank Scully, author of the mystery novel, Resurrection Garden (MuseItUp Publishing) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The genesis of the story behind Resurrection Garden came to me while I was driving home during a particularly nasty winter blizzard here in North Dakota.  I had always intended to write a story set during the first decade of the 20th century as part of my Decade Mystery Series and had been mulling over a variety of storylines but none
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  • December 10, 2010
  • Holiday Celebrations
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Christmas Celebrations with Historical Fiction Author M.M. Bennetts

Christmas Celebrations from Authors Around the World is Literarily Speaking’s newest features. We ask authors “What’s it like at your house over the holidays?” Today we welcome M.M. Bennetts, author of the historical fiction novel, Of Honest Fame (Diiarts)! ……………………………………………………. In the country market town where I live, Christmas hasn’t changed all that much since the end of the Second World War. Christmas for our family is about the family.  And books.  And music.   We don’t travel–life 364 days a year is too hectic as it is. In the run-up to the 25th, we will have been listening to Renaissance Christmas music on
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