We have a treat today on Writers Chat! Our guest is New York Times bestselling author Liz Tolsma, who talks about writing and researching historical romance.
Historical Fiction: The dilemma of what is true and what is fiction.
Liz Tolsma’s Journey
- Historical fiction inspired her in the 5th grade
- Decided to follow her passion, but it wasn’t easy
- Getting published did not happen overnight
- The Lord perfected the timing in her writing
- Inspired by true events in her family’s military history
What are you allowed to write about a real person without misinterpreting their past?
- Be true to their character
- Be careful not to defame them
- Research their past
- Find a primary source such as a diary
- Interview people who knew them
Where do you find firsthand accounts?
- Google is a great source, but always verify your research
- Never rely on Wiki, although it can lead you to a good source
- Librarians serve as a great resource
- Use your own family history as a story idea
- Collect photos for your character ideas
Use Pinterest to inspire locations in your book. Check out Liz’s Pinterest page here
- When characters surprise you or the story leads you in a different direction, you can experience the true joy of writing
- Reach other through your writing and tailor your message to different audiences
- True stories can inspire your writing
- You are meeting the people right now that could inspire a best selling novel