By far the hardest part of writing a historic fiction novel for me is the research and making sure I get the facts and time-period perspective correct. “Enigma,” which is set in Akron, Ohio in 1941 just prior to Pearl Harbor, has been exciting to write but also difficult. I’ve immersed myself in the time-period in order to think and write the characters and scenes the way they need to be written. I studied the early 1940’s time period, the culture, and the setting for almost a year. My family is sick of hearing radio broadcasts from the 1940s and listening to Glen Miller. I feel like I stepped back in time. I almost asked some of my family at a gathering just the other day what they thought about President Roosevelt’s lend/lease program to Great Britain and if they thought the U.S. would meet our aircraft production goals this year. Yikes!
Reader question: We know you’re currently writing a 1940’s historic fiction action-adventure novel for the first time. What’s the hardest part about writing historic fiction?
Sep 20, 2021