What Drew Me To Historical Fiction

History has always been an interest of mine. In school it was one of my best subjects. I have always loved how it tells a story about people and events in the past, sometimes in just a few words on a page. From the events of world war two to the Viking invaders and so on I can always find something interesting to read about. I also like how history can be portrayed in so many different ways. From documentaries to historical fiction novels and their big-screen adaptations.

I think what drew me to historical fiction is the chance to look at history from a different point of view. As a historical fiction author, I have the opportunity to take a character or historical event from a few words on a page and bring them to life once more. I first fell in love with the genre wen I was introduced to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I loved how she brought her characters to life. I also liked how through her writing I felt like I was back in time with the main character.

In grade 12 I came across my main character’s story during a history class. Being Welsh on my father’s side, I found his story very entreaguing. I felt like it was a possible starting point for me to one day become an author of historical fiction. It took several years for me to finely figure out how to wright the story, but now having written and published my first historical fiction novel I don’t know how it could have taken me so long. It was the most fun I have had in a long time and I can’t wait to delve into the stories of so many other historical figures in the future.

When I wrote my book I felt like I was getting to know my characters and understand their world. 13th century Britain was such a different place to live in than anything we know today. They didn’t have electricity back then, so, instead of flicking a switch to turn on the lights, they had to rely on sunlight and firelight. People had to be tough back then as well in a way we don’t need to be now. Wen I am writing my books I start to think about what it must have been like to live back then and I am always very grateful that I live in the world now. I think if I had a time machine I would go back and visit, but I wouldn’t want to get stuck there.


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