The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction Paperback – Feb 24 2010
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About the Author
James Alexander Thom was formerly a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the author of Follow the River, Long Knife, From Sea to Shining Sea, Panther in the Sky (for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel), Sign-Talker, The Children of First Man, and The Red Heart. He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band. Dark Rain is a director of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Planning Council. The author's Website is: www.jamesalexanderthom.com.
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Thom's new book, THE ART AND CRAFT OF WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION is not only informative and interesting, but humorous as well. Reading Thom's book is like being coached by your favorite teacher. Finally! I found an instruction book that is motivational and has provided me with the confidence to complete a story I've been researching for the past several years.
One of the very best examples of historical fiction writing is Thom's book FOLLOW THE RIVER. James A. Thom is not only a great story teller who is true to history, but also an excellent writing coach. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in writing historical fiction.
The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction
I do take exception to a previous reviewer who said Thom suggests using index cards for research notes -- he never once suggested that. He told of another writer who uses that metod. Also the reviewer said everything you need to know you can find on the Internet. Again, untrue. And if it is, be wary of it's validity. I have extensively researched and am writing a biography of a lady who lived from 1882-1960. I found very little on the Internet about her and some of it was totally untrue (Wikepedia). My research at libraries, museums, and historical societies (five states) resulted in photographs, old maps, oral histories, history of selected subjects, personal letters, etc. gave me what I needed. Not the Internet.
If I were teaching a writing workshop for any genre, I would have this book on the "please read" list.