What IS “historical fiction?”

Typically, the plot action takes place before any time period which the author has actually experienced or remembers.

A setting at least fifty years before the actual writing of the fiction is sometimes offered as a requirement, but to me that seems too arbitrary, and the exact time gap won’t be a consideration for fiction mentioned in this web site.

Historical fiction also attempts to portray, as accurately as feasible, the details of daily life during the period in which the tale is set, as well as the ways in which the characters would have lived in their particular culture and would have responded to the plot challenges faced. This means that the writer has to do enough research to sufficiently discern the details to be used in the story.

In future posts I’ll discuss what is involved in creating well researched, and well written, historical fiction.

About this web site

Welcome! I have a passion for historical fiction — reading it, if it’s well done, as well as writing it.

On this site I’m suggesting historical novels that I personally think are worth reading, as well as occasional pieces on what makes for well written fiction, both historical and not.

I also have some information about my own historical novels set in India. Even if readers initially have no particular interest in that country, many of them tell me the stories drew them into the exotic settings and they learned a lot in the process about India’s history, culture, and religions.

So please take a tour around the site, and let me know if you like what you see.

Happy Reading!

Gary Worthington