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Oct 30 2017 12:00pm

History’s Mysteries: The Joy of Writing Historical Thrillers

Read Lawrence Goldstone's exclusive guest post on the joys of blending historical fact with thrilling fiction, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win his latest historical thriller, Deadly Cure!

For a historian, writing fiction—especially a thriller—is a combination of challenge and opportunity. The challenge, of course, comes from the need to hew as closely to the real history as possible. Tempting though it may be, I can’t allow myself to cheat, alter actual events, or have characters behave as they did not or would not in real life. I study the dress, food, geography, and even speech patterns of whatever period I’m writing about so that the fictional world I create has a feel of nonfiction. 

The opportunity is that I get to play with some important historical milestones and fill in gaps, all the while creating what I hope is a crackerjack yarn. Although I must take care to only include things a character would have done, there is the fun of being able to include anything a character could have done.

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