In A Long Ago “1804”

History is everywhere here in the United Kingdom. Despite that fact, in our modern world it may still be easy to overlook it. A writer needs to keep her/his eyes open, because ideas may come at you from directions you don’t necessarily expect.

For example, this may seem ordinary for a Sunday. We went to Mass yesterday in Shefford. It is about half an hour away:

[Across from St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Shefford, Bedfordshire. Photo by me, December 8, 2019.]

And that is not just any Roman Catholic church. It has been there for approaching 300 years. I had known about it already:

[Excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace, Copyright, 2019. On Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Click to expand.]

As Americans, given our at times disgraceful history, we should never easily point fingers at others. However, British history since the Protestant Reformation included an ugly several centuries of state-sanctioned oppression – there is no better word – of Roman Catholics. Even personally practicing that version of Christianity was essentially criminal from the later 1600s until the later 1700s.

The key in historical fiction, I feel, is the fiction should not seem too obvious. The reader should simply be carried along. The fiction on the pages must seem as plausible as the fact:

[Excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace, Copyright, 2019. On Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Click to expand.]

In those two excerpts are both history and fiction. A reader should not easily grasp which is history and which is fiction. They should blend into each other.

By the way, “time travel” is NEVER historical.

NEVER! I don’t care how many books of it are sold.

For the moment a supernatural plot device is invoked, the tale has ceased to be humanly plausible. It has then moved the story into FANTASY. Why the heck is that so hard for some to understand? LOL!

Have a good Monday, wherever you are. 🙂