As my Ancient Egypt post and a number of others prove, I have a bit of a thing when it comes to history and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But other people aren’t quite in love with history as I am, warts and all, and are probably wondering why someone would want to write Historical Fiction of any sort?
The short answer is that the work that goes into writing historical is rewarding and fun.
My personal longer answer goes something more like this: there’s plenty of Fantasy books and books of other genres set in the present, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But a writer may want to venture outside of that for a variety of reasons, the most important reason being that it draws the reader in in its own way.
Let’s say you have a detective character that is a vampire or some other mythic being. By setting the story in 1890’s Boston, you set complications for the story that don’t exist in this current time. How does your vampire eat when they have to go to the neighborhood butcher or find someone willing. What types of forensics are available to them and what are the limitations? How would said forensics play out and be adapted for a supernatural crime or play into/against the vampire’s senses? What complications arise when you make the vampire female?
The way those questions are answered can lead to a story just as exciting or engaging as any set in the present day or very near past. And I enjoy the challenge of doing that in a way that is different from the challenge of fitting a Horror story, supernatural story etc into the present day.
Don’t get eaten or abducted before my next post!