Meredith Allard’s New Book, Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction, can help.
LAS VEGAS, NV, February 17, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — During the COVID-19 crisis, writers have been increasingly turning their attention to writing historical fiction. Meredith Allard, the bestselling historical novelist and long-time editor of historical fiction, has a new book—Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction—that can help both new and seasoned novelists write the historical stories they have been dreaming of.
“I’ve been teaching, writing, and editing historical fiction for more than 20 years,” Allard said. “When I needed an escape from everything that has been happening over the past year, I turned my attention to historical fiction. I’ve learned a lot about the art and craft of writing historical fiction over the past two decades, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others.”
What is the appeal of historical fiction? “As a reader, I love historical fiction because it allows me to explore different eras through points of view other than my own,” Allard said. “As a writer, I can connect to times I can never experience for myself. Learning about people’s day-to-day lives—from what they wore to what they ate to how they survived difficult circumstances—makes historical fiction intellectually as well as emotionally satisfying. Historical fiction is the best of all literary worlds.” Allard said that she is happy to think that Painting the Past might help other writers the way Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg helped her.
Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Trilogy. Her sweet Victorian romance, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, was named a best historical novel by IndieReader. Her other books include Christmas at Hembry Castle; Down Salem Way, the prequel to the Loving Husband Trilogy; Victory Garden, set during the women’s suffrage movement; Woman of Stones, a novella of Biblical Jerusalem; That You Are Here, a contemporary sweet romance; The Window Dresser and Other Stories; and Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction. When she isn’t writing she’s teaching writing, and she has taught writing to students ages five to 75. She loves books, cats, and coffee, though not always in that order. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit Meredith online at www.meredithallard.com.
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