Tag: historical fiction

Oswiu: King of Kings by Edoardo Albert
July 1, 2017 Book Reviews David Wiley

Title: Oswiu: King of Kings Genre: Historical Fiction Author: Edoardo Albert Rating: 4.4 Oswald’s head is on a spike Can Oswiu avoid the same fate? The great pagan king Penda set a trap, and when the brothers Oswiu and Oswald walked in, only one came back alive. Rumours abound that the place where Oswald’s body

Worldbuilding in Historical Fiction: Fact versus Fiction
May 17, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

Writers are able to blur the lines between fact and fiction while writing in many genres. Certain genres come with expectations, such as Fantasy readers are okay with tons of fiction (even in Urban Fantasy) because they come ready to suspend belief in what they know. Science Fiction is a genre where there is usually

Exploring Historical Fiction: marketing place
February 3, 2017 Writing Advice David Parvo

Nailing down your historical narrative was the topic of the first two columns in this series. A next step in your writing process may be establishing Place. Learn as much as you can about wherever your novel is set. That will improve your work. It will also help you market to your target audience and

Exploring Historical Fiction: Contested Memories and Fresh Starts
January 6, 2017 Writing Advice David Parvo

Last month we discovered the historical narrative’s importance. That is, all good historical fiction somehow makes the past relevant to current events. Today we’ll explore what’s called “contested memories.” I’ll again be drawing an example from my very entertaining unpublished manuscript, Bloody Big Dry Blues. (For a recap of my method, click here.) When looking back through our time-distorted cultural prisms, we

Exploring Historical Fiction: one way to start writing
December 8, 2016 Writing Advice David Parvo

A lot of folks ask me, “You write historical fiction? How ever does somebody come up with an idea and do that?” “I have no idea,” I reply before explaining my own process: While reporting for the Elgin Courier, I involved myself with the Elgin Depot Museum. Their collection contains a private detective’s report. The local Woman’s

Jackaby by William Ritter
October 1, 2016 Book Reviews Kat Avila

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.” Newly arrived

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
June 19, 2016 Book Reviews Kat Avila

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Publisher: Crimson Edge Press
February 25, 2016 Affiliates,OWS Features,Press Releases Stephanie Ayers

We are delighted to add another publisher to Our Write Side affiliates. Crimson Edge Press is a small press that focuses on fantasy, dystopia, and historical fiction. Joshua Robertson, the founder of Crimson Edge, took time to answer some questions for us. You can also find answers to specific publisher questions at the end of

Book Blog Tour: Jaded Tides by P.S. Bartlett
October 25, 2015 Book Blog Tours Stephanie Ayers

Welcome to the debut of our book blog tour service. Today on Our Write Side, we have two very special guests. Not only do we have authoress P.S. Bartlett here to tell us about her recently released Jaded Tides, but we also have pirate James Robertson, the Jade’s navigator.  But first, let’s talk about Jaded Tides…

The Accused
June 15, 2012 Writing Stephanie Ayers

It is summer, 1692 AD in Salem, Massachusetts, and my name is Mary. The world around me has gone crazy. I have watched as the village turned on its own, hanging innocents out of fear and the lies of children. Good, kind, God-fearing innocents. I fear for my life. I have worked beside many of

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