Historic fiction is a genre that allows its readers to travel back in time. By flipping through the pages of one of these books, civilizations and societies differing from the modern world can be unlocked. One can read about an Aztec woman’s journey to save her son from a ritual sacrifice. One can read about an Egyptian trying to uncover the murder of her father only to find that the pharaoh is somehow connected. One can read about an orphan boy struggling to live on the streets of London. The possibilities for this genre are endless because history is the story of humanity. History is the greatest story ever told.
Perhaps that is why I am attracted to this genre. I am able to write mysteries, paranormal fiction, and fantasies. Yet, my greatest love is, you guessed it, historic fiction! Most of my ideas for a storyline always come from some dead civilization that can only be revived with my pen. Looking back on all my past manuscripts, I would estimate that 90 percent of everything I have written is historical.
And how about the other writers out there? Or the fellow book lovers? Who can deny that history has a certain magic etched in its subject matter. It is a tale of what we once were and an indicator of where we are heading. No wonder so many writers, myself included, are inspired by this genre.