HistFic Secrets: 10 Secrets to Writing a Biographical Novel

HistFic Secrets: 10 Secrets to Writing a Biographical Novel

By Sally Koslow 1. Pick a Human Subject You Find Genuinely Fascinating Unless they’re crazy-fast, most writers spend at least a year completing a manuscript, and once it’s sold, another year or two may pass until publication. After that, promotion continues for a...
HistFic Secrets: For the Love of Art

HistFic Secrets: For the Love of Art

By Tall Poppy Writer Heather Webb Being a female artist in Belle Époque France was a challenge to say the least, yet young sculptor Camille Claudel would carve out a name for herself—at all cost. Attending proper art school with nude models was frowned upon, and in...
HistFic Secrets: What a Ghost Wants

HistFic Secrets: What a Ghost Wants

By Susan Meissner As a historical fiction novelist, I’m always on the prowl for a historical backdrop that still has something to tell us and hasn’t had much light thrown on it in recent years. Not long ago, when I was looking for a place in which to set a new book, I...

HistFic Secrets: When Research Brings the Story

By, Tall Poppy Writer Janie Chang Many people think historical novelists do extensive research to ensure historical accuracy. Our guilty secret? We research extensively because we’re history geeks. We often research way past the point of necessity, happily falling...
HistFic Secrets: The Cannes Film Festival

HistFic Secrets: The Cannes Film Festival

By Tall Poppy, Heather Webb Picture it: palm trees, Mediterranean blue, and a bowl of delectable bouillabaisse served with a chilled glass of rosé. There’s something undeniably glamorous about the south of France, n’est-ce pas? Now take that image and add in a famed...