In gearing up for my lectures in the 2019 Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference, I’ve decided to take the rest of the year to dedicate this blog to the two topics I plan to speak on.
One of them is the “Elements and Rules of Writing Historical Novels” and the other one is “The Best of Both Worlds: Being a Hybrid Author.”
That’s right! For the next 20 weeks I will dive into the not only the world of writing Historical novels, but also in what it’s like being a hybrid author. I hope to provide a ton of information for you, so be sure to check back every week for the next installment.
Now *clasps hands together* what is the first series I will share?
Why does one read Historical novels? More often than not it’s because they enjoy a book that brings the past to life, and as authors of Historical novels it’s our job to do just that. From the first word to the last word, we should strive to teleport our readers to another time and place, and when such is done with an amazing story, it can be one heck of a ride.
Historical novels draw readers into another time. A time in our history that people may have forgotten about. A time when life was vastly different from how it is now. A time when people perhaps didn’t have electricity, fought in wars for their country, panned for gold, lived among Dukes and Duchesses, battled rival clans for Highland lands, or explored a new frontier either on foot or with Viking long ships.
I’ve heard talk over the years that Historical novels just aren’t popular, and that it’s an overlooked genre. I’m here to say that is not the case. Historical novels are popular and they do have a place in the book world.
So, for this first part in the series, I’m going to talk about the different sub genres of Historical novels.
I’ve always joked that when I started writing, the genre picked me, I didn’t pick the genre. With my love of history, of course, the question of what I would write was answered within a second of sitting down to my computer and starting. I’d love to say I have a favorite time period, but honestly, I don’t. I write about so many because so many interest me. With the amount of research that goes into my novels, I have to pick time periods that I enjoy reading about. That’s why I have so many.
While my titles, The Woman on the Painted Horse, In the Land of Gold, As the Liquor Flows, and A Road Paved in Copper are Historical Romance, my title When the Black Roses Grow could actually be considered as Historical Fantasy or even Historical Romance with Paranormal Elements. My publisher has set it as a Historical Romance, though. My current work-in-progress, Through the Eyes of a Captive is a Historical Romance, however, it boarders Historical Fiction. If I took out the romance, I could still have a story. It would change the plot, but it “could” work. With that said, I plan on keeping it a Historical Romance.
Elements to Historical Fiction and Historical Romance
Rules for Historical Fiction and Historical Romance