The Story Reading Ape’s guest yesterday was Gretchen Jeannette author of two historical novels. In the post she talks about needing to be historically accurate, develop powerful characters and to make sure that your book is as well written and edited as it deserves to be.
My name is Gretchen Jeannette, and I love to write about 18th Century America. Growing up in an area rich in Revolutionary War history, I developed a particular fascination with the legends, heroes and lifestyles of that era. I read every novel on the subject I could lay my hands on. I was fortunate in that my mother encouraged me to read as much as possible, with an eye toward someday writing my own stories. Early on I discovered that most of what I learned in school about the American Revolution was not only riddled with inaccuracies but also biased. Ironically I found more truth and realism in historical fiction, like the well‑researched novels of Dale Van Every and Allan Eckert, whose timeless tales of adventure, action and romance fired my imagination. The legendary heroes and heroines portrayed in those works were remarkable human beings, though they…
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