Finding the Line Between Fact and Fiction in Historical Novels

Research book stackI’m so happy to be a guest author this week on Women’s Fiction Writers blog, talking about the line between fact and fiction in historical novels, how women’s fiction can be found in many genres, and more.

Created by author Amy Sue Nathan, WFW is the go-to blog for the craft and business of traditionally published women’s fiction. It features interviews and guest posts by published women’s fiction authors and tips on writing, editing, publishing and the writing life.  Please stop by and share your thoughts.

Author Jessica McCann Says Women’s Fiction Falls Within Many Genres, Including Historical Fiction


Celebrity Name-Dropping in Novels

RagtimeIs including famous historical figures in works of fiction nothing more than celebrity name-dropping? Or can it add dimension and perspective to a novel?

A few of the advance readers for my historical novel All Different Kinds of Free suggested I remove the scenes and references to Charles Dickens from my book. They said it felt like celebrity “name-dropping” (these were all folks in the publishing business in one form or another). Other advance readers loved the Dickens sections and encouraged me to leave them in (these folks were mostly  readers and fellow writers).

What to do? To help me decide, I did a quick review of the first historical novel I ever read (and loved), Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Book Trailer

Behind the scenes Curious about how authors and publishers create book trailers for their new releases? Mari Pfeiffer of Wolf and Redhood Media was, after viewing the trailer for my novel All Different Kinds of Free. She extended an invitation for an interview, and I was delighted to accept. Her questions were insightful and fun.

Visit the Wolf and Redhood Media website to read the interview: Author Jessica McCann Talks about the Making of her Trailer for All Different Kinds of Free.

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“All Different Kinds of Free” is Editors’ Choice in Historical Novels Review Magazine

ADKF Cover web Historical Novels Review is published quarterly by the Historical Novel Society and reviews approximately 200 new releases every issue. Each quarter, the editors select a small number of titles they feel exemplify the best in historical fiction. These novels, which come highly recommended from their reviewers, have been designated as Editors’ Choice titles.

The Editors’ Choice reviews for May 2011 are posted online.

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Phoenix Writer Wins Freedom in Fiction Prize

Jessica McCann has won the inaugural Freedom in Fiction Prize for her historical novel, All Different Kinds of Free.

 

The international prize recognizes the best unpublished work of fiction with the greatest potential for imparting the ideas of free markets, liberty and personal responsibility. The honor includes a $10,000 cash award. It is sponsored by The Mackinac Center for Public Policy (www.mackinac.org) and supported by the Rodney Fund.

 

Click here to read more at Phoenix Woman Rising blog.

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