I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?
Recently I turned down an interview request from a US podcaster because I felt that I could not do full justice to her suggested main subject. I didn’t think it would be fair talking with her merely for the sake of just talking – even if doing that might in some ways perhaps have been usefully self-promotional.
From the start of my blog here, I have been honest as to where I get lots of my books’ material. It’s not usually just off the top of my head. Indeed is entirely making anything up even, honestly, really possible?
If you cannot impress readers while remaining true to yourself, you are doing writing wrong.
“Fiction” is almost never entirely “fictitious.” As my uncle once told me: “Fiction comes from fact, and lots of fact makes great fiction when you re-write it as fiction.” (I want that in my obituary. 😉 )
If you think I’m going to be revealing any of the real-life people I know who may be the basis for, or whom I drew upon for, the fictional characters? I won’t be doing that anytime soon. (Do I appear to be completely insane?)
No, I haven’t absconded with the church funds. Nor have I run off with a senator’s wife. Nor have I killed a man. Nor any combination.
If history never stands still, neither does how we remember it…
Georgian English writers, and their American counterparts, loved to use elongated, and complicated, often windy, paragraphs, and had a habit, of employing commas, all over the place.
Of course a writer may die with a book unfinished. We will all die with some matters unfinished. Life is always an unfinished work.
Did you ever want to meet George Washington? That’s obviously not possible… and that’s why there are novels…
I suppose as a result I have been rewarded to learn I have had readers from not only in the US, Britain, and France, and elsewhere in Europe, but also in South America, India, and the Middle East – Lebanon, especially – and other places.
Sadly, it appears that “the future” we had hoped for two decades ago, is over.
Theodore Roosevelt once wrote that if someone is “not familiar with the Bible, he has suffered a loss.” For an author, that is doubly true.
And if Amazon can bury us all in Prime Day emails and ads…