The website of the historical fiction writer.

Festival of Writing 2016 Part Four

The next workshop was about making historical fiction relevant and commercial with author Jenny Ashcroft.

Ideas for historical works can come from anywhere and can be about almost anything. Readers want a good story that is told well with a good hook, convincing characters and a compelling plot.The book has to be rooted in chapter one and reflect the period, politics, people and places but in a way that does not make it a history book.

Research is vital and there are many sources that can be used depending on what you are writing but it is important to get the writing done as well, especially if you have a contract to write a book a year.

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