So you are writing a historical-fiction novel.
Cute. Maybe even fun. But...
Watch out on your research. History is constantly being updated. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad.
- Liberals will change it to push their world views. Always bad.
- Christians will Christianize it. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. God's in control and has a sovereign plan, but not everything that happens in history is good.
- The winners will make their fish story bigger. Can anybody say "the Romans"?
- Losers seldom record what happens. 'Cause they're dead or embarrassed. Obviously.
- New artifacts are being found. Things get buried deep sometimes.
So watch out. Read more than one source. Realize that another historian may have a different view than you. Expect controversy. Know where to draw the line between fact and creative liberty.
And, whatever you do, don't change the Louisiana Purchase into a rel-estate deal for your protagonist. I don't care how good she is - that's just not kosher in a historical-fiction novel.
Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!