Category Archives: Historical Mysteries

What is it about Historicals? Escapism and Education!

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I think Ms. George hits it right on the nose!  Got it from Washington Independent Book Reviews.

Margaret George: In an interview on A Writer of History, Margaret George says: “I think the combination of escapism and education is what fuels a top historical fiction author. People want to escape into another time but they want to learn about that time as well. [The history] should not serve as just wallpaper against which the action takes place.”She specializes in fictional biographies of famous women like Helen of Troy, Mary Magdalene (Mary Called Magdalene) and Cleopatra (The Memoirs of Cleopatra).

 

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The Dates are Set!

IMG_9293-1024x682The Cuenca International Writers Conference   May 28-June1, 2018   This  year’s conference promises to be even bigger and better.  I plan to be there.  Join us for an exciting week of learning, sharing, networking, and exploring in one of the loveliest cities imaginable!

For further information:  http://cuencawritersconference.com/home-en/

Editing!

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I am into the final editing of my second book in the Numerius Meridius Pulcher series, Numerius Meridius Pulcher and the Case of the Syrian Slaves and Slippery Slopes.

I really do hate editing!  Punctuation I hate most!  All those commas, semi-colons…and I use a lot of them in the Numerius stories…a style choice. Much easier with the New Orleans series, shorter sentences, shorter chapters.  Could I write the same way for the Numerius Series?  Certainly, but then it wouldn’t be Numerius.  So I muddle on.

Writers learning from Writers

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                        Novelists Leonardo Wild and George Wier having a conversation during the writer’s conference in Cuenca Ecuador

This week I’m attending  the Cuenca Internation Writers Conference in Cuenca Ecuador!  It’s always incredible to me how much I learn from other writers, sometimes when I least expect it.  Wandered into a session on Horror Fiction today, a genre I rarely consider reading let alone have any urge to write…and yet the presenter, Ricardo  Segreda, blew me away talking about Greek Tragedy and the elements of which are moved into the writing of Horror…He went far beyond my rather parochial idea of what Horror is about and gave me a new appreciation of what good horror is about.  I’m not fighting an urge to try my hand at it, but I certainly came away with a different view of it.

Top of the list is George Wier, author of the Bill Travis series.  Wier writes more than mysteries, and I have taken a particular interest in his work Neptune’s Forge which takes place in the late 19th century (There’s my historicals love again)  He also writes sci fi and even steampunk.  Check out his blog.  It has been a treat to be able to chat with this warm, helpful, and down to earth writer.  Meeting George Wier alone would have been worth attending the conference, but there has been so much more and still two days to go!

What is it about Historicals?

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I have loved Historicals since reading The Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare) in the third grade. What was your first?

I love sinking into a past world lovingly created around a good story…the ancient world, Rennaisance, Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian…all can take me into hours of otherworldly delight.

Old favorites:  Mary Renault, Georgette Hyer, Robert Graves, Marguertie Youcenar, Lawrence Schoonover

New favorites:  Stephen Saylor, Charles Finch, Robert Harris, Lindsey Davis

My biggest surprise:  Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings.  Not a fan of the man or his work, but I fell in love with this book.

Historicals  are magical transport into the past.

What are your favorites?  Why do you read Historicals?

 

One Down, One in Progress, One on the Back Burner!

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I have been very noticeably absent of late.  I have, however been very busy.  Finally finished the second Numerius Meridius Pulcher novel and am currently trying to get the final editing done.  Any Beta Readers out there that care to help?  Shoot me an email.  It took a while for me to get this one down, had to go back and rewrite it more than once.

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Currently I am working on the first installment of a new series:  Dime a Dozen: A Denys and Dixie Delacroix Mystery of Old New Orleans.  The first mystery takes place in 1913.  It was the time of Storyville, Emma Johnson, Countess Willie, Tom Anderson and Jazz.  Camel cigarettes had just introduced the first 20 pack of pre-mades;  it became the industry standard.

On the back burner:  the next Numerius adventure, tentatively call Numerius Meridius Pulcher and the case of the Prodigious Prefect.  This romp will take Numerius back on a retreat to his Pompeii home and his good friend Julia Felix.  It will take place in 62-63 CE.

Have to use this!

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Bronze Bacchic Mask-  First Century (CE)

I keep a Pininterest file on art works that I might use in My NMP series as well as a separate art collection for an upcoming series and character costume and setting images for various potential works.

When I saw this mask  I knew it was one  I would use.  Can’t wait to get to the Case it will be in!