For the book that I’m polishing, about to submit, my family history and a national historic tragedy intersected and shaped the novel with a huge plot and amazing, hardy people–those folks pictured in a post below.
And now, as I’m polishing my query and fine-tuning the text itself, I’m thinking of my next book.
Writing historical/literary fiction is the perfect fit for me because I love history, have a background in research and have written other novels that had strong characters, but not a big enough plot.
So, I’m definately keeping on this historical fiction road for now. I’m scouring the internet for interesting tragedies and ordinary people who did extraordinary things (either inside a disaster or not) in a time long forgotten or an era that has become cliche.
I’m leaning toward two subjects/eras right now, but I’m not married to any idea at this point…
How about you? Any interesting historical people or events in your back yard, family tree or town square?