Posts Tagged "historical fiction"


A Holocaust thriller about love

A Holocaust thriller about love


Posted By on Oct 20, 2015

Interview about writing THE AMBASSADOR, historical What-ifs, and the Holocaust My latest novel, co-written with the late Yehuda Avner, is a historical What-if. What if Israel had existed before the Holocaust, as it so nearly did. Our main character is the Israeli Ambassador…to Hitler. An interview with me about how the book was written and what I think it’s about went onto another blog this morning. Here’s the text:...

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How to use historical objects in fiction without making them into fetishes In writing historical fiction, there are two main traps to avoid. One is the bugbear of every historical fiction reader, anachronistic dialogue (Such as: “No way,” said King Henry VIII.) The other is being too showy about your historical research. We’ve all bumped into a sentence that’s loaded with historical fact and pays no attention...

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The unmissable best historical thrillers, including at least a few you haven’t heard of Naturally I’m assuming you’ve already read Mozart’s Last Aria and A Name in Blood, my historical thrillers about the great composer and about Caravaggio….So here’s the best of the rest! 1. Enigma. Robert Harris. A thrilling dramatization of the British battle to break German codes during World War II. It’s...

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To research A Name in Blood, my novel about the mystery of Caravaggio’s death, I traveled to all the places where the great artist lived and worked. I visited galleries around the world to stand before his masterpieces, and I read scores of books about him and the period in which he lived. (I don’t expect praise for this; it was no sacrifice, because most of the research was carried out in Italy. It’s a bit like saying, “I had...

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I’ve used meditation techniques to help my concentration and to build my creativity in writing my award-winning crime fiction and historical novels. I’ve also found it transformative in my daily life. This podcast describes why that is and tells you a little about the guided meditation for writers I’ll be doing in my next podcast. In other words, here’s why you ought to do it. The next podcast will be a practical tool with which you...

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