Being new to historical novel writing I wanted to understand the process. How does a novelist decide when they leave the history behind and follow the action? What’s more important – research or story? The answer is always story – fiction needs to hook a reader and keep them guessing and asking the question, what happens next? But all novelists take a different approach.
So I asked some best selling authors how they went about writing ancient Rome. Here’s what they had to say …
STEVEN SAYLOR INTERVIEW -15th October 2010
Bouchercon Crime Writing Conference 2010, San Francisco
ALLAN MASSIE INTERVIEW – 15th April 2013
Edinburgh Summerhall Historical Fiction Festival 2013
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