Calling All Historical Fiction Readers!

Are you always on the prowl for a good historical fiction novel? Would you like to help authors “up their game” in creating compelling historical fiction you’ll love?

I’m collaborating with other writers of historical fiction to create a guide for authors who are beginning their own forays into writing historical fiction.

There are many other books devoted to this topic, but I’m adding a twist. YOU! The Reader!

Oftentimes authors write how-to books based on their own journeys to the completion of very arduous literary feats, and they recount the techniques and resources that worked for them. That’s a very helpful approach – inspirational, even – to other writers who are struggling just to complete their first novel; however, this creates a writer-only echo chamber that typically excludes the reader.

And so, dear reader, I’m asking you to aid in a better future of writing about the past. In the form below, would you please answer any or all of the questions listed below? And please let me know if you’d be willing to let me contact you for follow up.

  • On average, how many historical fiction novels do you read each year?
  • Do you read any particular subgenres of historical fiction?
  • What do you enjoy most about reading historical fiction?
  • What are some examples of the historical fiction novels you’ve enjoyed?
  • Is there any historical fiction novel that you have read more than once?
  • What are your biggest pet peeves in historical fiction novels?
  • Do you prefer historical accuracy in your reading, or do you prefer a compelling storyline, even if it contravenes “known historical fact”?

Although my writing is almost exclusively fiction (and my next book, Grave of Songs, is another historical fiction novel), this project is non-fiction and will focus exclusively on the craft of writing historical fiction.

Thank you for your time!

Chaunce Stanton

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