Historical Novelists

An open forum for writers writing historical fiction or interested in the genre.

Location: Fiction
Members: 53
Latest Activity: Jan 31

New Members, Welcome!

When joining this group please post something about your work-in-progress: include time period, theme, and at what stage of the writing process you are currently in.  Also, post a blog/website for us to visit!  

Write on...and back into history.

Discussion Forum

How can I tell if my work is Historical Fiction?

Started by Mercy B. Taylor. Last reply by Chantal Walvoord Apr 2, 2016. 7 Replies

Okay, I know that this may sound like a dumb question but I have to ask.How can I tell if my work is Historical Fiction?I normally write fantasy, sci-fi and contemporary stories so this is something…Continue

Resources for Historical Fiction Writers

Started by Roslyn Imrie. Last reply by Roslyn Imrie Jan 17, 2016. 4 Replies

What resources do you use when fact checking? Are there certain websites you find particularly useful when looking up details and facts? Please share!Continue

Lingusitically historically accurate!

Started by Lorraine Swoboda. Last reply by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan May 11, 2014. 7 Replies

If you are writing historical fiction set in England or any other part of the UK as it is now known, please mind your language!I have recently read three such novels, two by American authors, one…Continue

Tags: anachronism, English, fiction, Historical

Historical accuracy - Bendable? Or Deal Breaker?

Started by Kristen Elise. Last reply by Alyssa Cole Jan 7, 2014. 21 Replies

I recently participated in a discussion in which the question was posted: What's the most important thing in an historical novel?  The resounding answer was: historical accuracy.  The vast majority…Continue

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Comment by June Hall McCash on January 7, 2017 at 3:06pm

Hi to all. I'm a new member here, though I have published four historical novels (most set on the Georgia coast) and am at work on one set in 12th-century France. Is anyone else out there working in the Middle Ages?  

Comment by Ann Heitland on March 28, 2016 at 4:56pm

I have completed and am editing a manuscript for a novel based in Iowa in the period 1914-1950. The story reflects the lives of two sisters from a large farm family. I expect to send the manuscript to Beta Readers in the next month or so. Any volunteers?

Comment by Kara Anderson on November 5, 2015 at 8:26pm

Hi Guys,

My name is Kara and I work for a free book marketing tool called Linkredirector. I am hoping that you could help me out with some feedback to make sure it's a good fit for authors, book promoters and publishers.

The service aims to solve the problem with linking to books, when they are in multiple stores (like Amazon and iTunes), or spread over multiple countries. Amazon has many country sites, and when only linking to the US store, there's a good chance that non-US readers won't buy the book.

If you could take 2 minutes, enter the URL of one of your books in Amazon or iTunes and click around a bit to get a feel of how the tool works. Your feedback would be very valuable to me.

Any thoughts, questions, comments or ideas are welcome.

You can find the service at


Kara Anderson

Comment by Marta C. Weeks on July 14, 2015 at 10:16am

I am having trouble with my novel's genre. So far I have labeled it Paranormal. I did a lot of research when writing it so it is loosely based on historical and scientific data but I have been told it could be historical. May I post a synopsis?

Comment by Susan Hughes on May 14, 2015 at 4:02am

Hello everyone,

I'm new here and looking forward to getting to know you all. My favourite period is 20th century British history - or maybe it should be herstory as I am interested in the role of women during this era. My (as yet unpublished) first novel, 'A Kiss from France', is set in 1917 and is WW1 as experienced by female munitions workers holding the fort at home - a different kind of battlefield from the Western Front.

Comment by Rachel Meyers on January 3, 2015 at 8:19am

Hi everyone,

I haven't published any historical novels yet, but am working on a few - one set in 1920's England, the other during the Second World War in Europe.  I think early-mid 20th Century is my favourite time period to write, and am hoping to focus on books set then this year.  I have so many ideas, it's hard to focus on one at a time ;)

Look forward to getting to know you all - I am new to SheWrites and still finding my way around...

Comment by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan on May 11, 2014 at 5:23pm

Have we connected yet?

I am an author who enjoys History and I cross-promote with authors of a wide variety of genres at 4covert2overt A Place in the Spotlight . Authors, Artists, Bloggers are invited for a DAY IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

Most genres are welcome but this is not an adult blog, Artists are  also welcome as are tour stops; so if your book is touring contact me and I can gladly offer a stop.

If you are interested on a Spotlight contact me at .

I hope we can cross-promote in many ways.

If History is your thing I can also welcome you at THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS BLOG

If you get a chance please check out Barnes and Noble or AMAZON It is a well-documented factual pre-World War II event with a twist of fiction and a touch of the metaphysical.

Meet me on Facebook

M.C.V. Egan


Comment by Stephanie Renée dos Santos on January 9, 2014 at 1:12pm

Hi Nik- I just visited your blog and you have honest and insightful posts there. I liked your post reflecting on the subtleties of word choice. And from your website I love this line taken from your historical novel Descendants of Hagar book jacket blurb: "While other women are raised to be broken, Linny is reared to build and repair." It says a lot. It is powerful. I am an artist/writer too! Pleasure to connect. Write on...

Comment by Stephanie Renée dos Santos on January 9, 2014 at 1:00pm

Fellow Writers-

Yesterday my prose poem "The Sand Poet" released in literary journal LALITAMBA.

Here is the link:

The story was inspired by ancient wisdom.

"It's a philosophical piece about communing, the reality of impermanence, and the experience of non-attachment. A poet writes daily upon a beach, creating works that are pertinent in their moment: writing not to produce lasting works, but as a spiritual act of being. This story reminds and encourages us to recognize our nature, which is nature, to live and experience each moment, to unite, to be, and to let go." ~ Stephanie Renee Dos Santos

Comment by Nik Nicholson on January 7, 2014 at 5:05pm

Hi Stephanie. :)


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