Category Archives: Historical fiction

Focusing on unique perspectives: Gina Mulligan

By Roz DeKett Gina Mulligan’s novel Remember the Ladies is about Amelia Cook, a congressional lobbyist … in 1877. “I was researching for another project when I ran across the fact that there were women who were lobbyists in that … Continue reading

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Sometimes you need to do something different: Kate Ellis

By Roz DeKett Kate Ellis is nothing if not prolific. The House of Eyes, just published, is the twentieth novel in her Wesley Peterson series of crime novels set in the South West of England. She has five crime novels … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz DeKett Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Developing dramatic tensions through fiction: Kim van Alkemade

By Roz DeKett If she hadn’t stumbled on a handwritten note in the minutes of a long-forgotten committee meeting, Kim van Alkemade might not have given us her powerful debut novel. Orphan #8, inspired by life in an orphanage for Jewish … Continue reading

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Exploding the Emily Dickinson myth: Nuala O’Connor

By Roz DeKett Nuala O’Connor’s third novel, Miss Emily, alternates perspectives between the American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson and a fictional Irish maid, Ada Concannon. “I wanted to explode the myth about Emily being the complete recluse,” Nuala O’Connor … Continue reading

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Looking for the emotional truth: Maureen Gibbon

By Roz DeKett In thinking about Maureen Gibbon’s writing, I see similarities between her art and Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia, a detail of which illustrates the cover of her third novel, Paris Red. Victorine Meurent, the model for the painting, is the … Continue reading

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Enriching history with a story-teller’s voice: Hazel Gaynor

By Roz DeKett Hazel Gaynor’s second historical novel,  A Memory of Violets, tells the tale of two orphaned Victorian flower sellers, seen through the troubled eyes of Tilly. Tilly stumbles on the story of Florrie and her sister Rosie in 1912 … Continue reading

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