Monday, October 4, 2010
A Long Stretch of Trail
And because of them, I was born in Idaho near the Snake River and the Oregon Trail. Is it any wonder I write historical fiction? There are so many stories to be told about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
I read a great quote yesterday that I will close with. James L. Swanson has written non-fiction books about Abraham Lincoln and others (his latest is Bloody Crimes). Now he's trying his hand at a novel. In the article, the interviewer asks "Do you think it's easier to make up a fictional crime or to do all the research?" (Note: The interviewer obviously doesn't realize how much research goes into fiction.) Mr. Swanson answered: "One of the advantages of history is that other people have made up the plot for you." I love that!