Once upon a time it was now: the art and craft of writing historical fiction

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Blue River Press,
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[2017]
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English
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While a historian stands firmly planted in the present and looks back into the past, a historical novelist has a more immediate task: to set readers in the midst of bygone events and lead them forward, allowing them to live and feel the wonderment, fear, hope, triumph, and pain as if they were there.

Learning historical stories is easy, creating stories based in history is not.

In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, best-selling author James Alexander Thom (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker) gives you the tools you need to research and create stories born from the past that will move and inspire modern readers.

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9781681570518
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table_of_contents Preface: Once upon a time it was now -- In the river of time -- History: a distillation of rumor -- A catalytic remark -- Modifying the truth -- Searching and researching -- Old stuff in a new package: history in the computer age -- Genealogy is like the potato -- Taming your research data -- It was a dark and storm night -- Ain't like it used to was -- Songs, smells, and sensations -- Catching the historians -- How much credibility? -- What's then got to do with now? -- How not to write historical fiction -- Around the fire.
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