Tag Archives: historical fiction

A Thin Veneer of Propriety

I have been quiet on this site, I know. That’s not the best tack for a writer – I know that too. However, silent does not mean idle. The third book in the Embracing the Elephant series is soon to … Continue reading

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Synergy

I had THE best table mate at the Bay Area Book Festival this last weekend (June 4 & 5, 2016) in Berkeley, California – Daniel Bacon, the creator of The Barbary Coast Trail through San Francisco. Daniel’s non-fiction book, Walking … Continue reading

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Faire Game

This weekend (June 4 & 5, 2016), I will attend the second (annual) Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. I will be on Addison Street (nicknamed “Literary Lane” for this event) from 10 am to 6 pm with both of … Continue reading

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Sound Bites

Author Stephen King advises writers to “Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.” Very good advice…but do those photographs speak? Last week, my husband and I saw The Revenant – a brutal and riveting movie that not only gave the viewer a … Continue reading

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Drill Baby Drill

…into the subject. Come on! What did you think I meant? My current novel series is historical in scope – meaning  (unless I wanted misconceptions, myths and anachronisms in my work (which I didn’t)), I was in for some research. Not my … Continue reading

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The One Voice

Early in the evolution of the historical novel Embracing the Elephant, I elected to present the story from the first-person perspective of an observant and resilient child. I wanted the intimacy of first person so that readers would know the sense of wonder … Continue reading

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Thrown Back into the Present

“Why do you do so much research?” he asked. “It’s just fiction.” It was a strange question from my perspective, but still worthy of consideration. Why do I go to such lengths to ensure that the historical references in my … Continue reading

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The History Rhyme

“Miraculous new communications technologies have suddenly appeared, transforming everyday life. Everything is moving discombobulatingly fast. Globalization accelerates. Wall Street booms. Outside San Francisco, astounding fortunes are made overnight, out of nothing, by plucky nobodies. The new media are scurrilous and … Continue reading

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