60 episodes

Author Alison Treat hosts this weekly podcast focused on her favorite genre. Listen in to her conversations with historical fiction authors about their work. They unpack how the medium of story draws us in, ignites our curiosity, and informs us about the past, so that we can better live in the present.

Historical Fiction: Unpacked Alison Treat

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Author Alison Treat hosts this weekly podcast focused on her favorite genre. Listen in to her conversations with historical fiction authors about their work. They unpack how the medium of story draws us in, ignites our curiosity, and informs us about the past, so that we can better live in the present.

    Learning About Ourselves Through History–with Candice Sue Patterson

    Learning About Ourselves Through History–with Candice Sue Patterson

    Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, watching her kids play sports, or helping children discover a love for reading as an elementary librarian, she’s working on a new story.



    Candice has written several contemporary romances, but today we discuss her first full-length historical novel, Saving Mrs. Roosevelt, which released yesterday (December 1, 2021). We talk about the SPARS, the first female-only branch of the Coast Guard, around which this book is centered.



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    Also mentioned:



    Candice's historical novella, "Beneath a Michigan Moon," can be found in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection (affiliate).



    The book Candice mentioned using for research is The Deans Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality by Angie Klink (affiliate).



    The devotional Candice mentioned by Corrie Ten Boom is titled God is my Hiding Place: 40 Devotionals for Refuge and Strength (affiliate).



    Check out Candice's website, Facebook, and Instagram.













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    • 28 min
    Appreciating the Present–with V.E.H. Masters

    Appreciating the Present–with V.E.H. Masters

    V.E.H. Masters was born and grew up on a farm just outside St. Andrews, Scotland. She's been fascinated by the 1546 siege of St Andrews Castle, ever since her history teacher took the class on a visit, which included going down the siege tunnel dug out of rock and peering into the bottle dungeon where the infamous Cardinal Beaton's body is said to have been kept, pickled in salt, for over a year. When she learned that the group who took the castle, and held it for over 14 months, resisting the many attempts to re-take it, called themselves the Castilians, she knew even then, at age 12, that it was the perfect title for the story, and she had a sixth sense she might write it one day. On today's show, we discuss Vicki's first book, The Castilians, as well as the sequel, The Conversos, which is now available!

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    Also mentioned:



    On Writing by Stephen King on Amazon and Bookshop (affiliates)



    Check out Vicki's website (where you can join her readers group), and don't miss her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.













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    • 34 min
    Timeless Truths–with Karen Witemeyer

    Timeless Truths–with Karen Witemeyer

    For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers' Favorite Christian Romance Author in 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. On today's episode, Karen and I talk about her latest books, as well as writing characters of color, a legendary lost silver mine that inspired part of her plot, and the path she took to publishing success.









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    Also mentioned:



    The A-Team TV series.



    The Magnificent Seven TV series.



    Check out Karen's website, Facebook Page, and Facebook Group (The Posse).













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    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!

    • 34 min
    History Gives Us Courage–with Amanda Dykes

    History Gives Us Courage–with Amanda Dykes

    In honor of veterans everywhere and specifically in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, today I'm sharing a conversation with author Amanda Dykes. Her latest novel, Yours is the Night, commemorates soldiers from World War I and the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the end of this war. Amanda and I had a wonderful discussion about this tomb and how to honor its anniversary. Amanda also shares how she went from years of "wandering" in the writing industry to winning the Christy Book of the Year award with her debut novel, Whose Waves These Are. I especially love her desire to keep up a "gritty wonder" as an author in the face of all the heaviness in the world.



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    Also mentioned:



    Kirke L. Simpson's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles on the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.



    Wreaths Across America Day in honor of veterans will be December 18.



    Centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier



    Check out Amanda's website, Instagram, and Facebook.













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    • 48 min
    Story Brings History to Life–with Adrian Goldsworthy

    Story Brings History to Life–with Adrian Goldsworthy

    Adrian Goldsworthy is a respected historian of the ancient world. He studied at Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the Roman army, and he went on to write acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Ceasar, Hadrian's Wall, and Philip and Alexander. His fiction includes the authentic and action-packed Vindolanda Triology, set in Roman Britain. Today on the show, we discuss his latest novel, The Fort, which released this past summer.



    Here's a description of the novel:



    AD 105: Dacia



    The Dacian kingdom and Rome are at peace, but no one thinks that it will last. Sent to command an isolated fort beyond the Danube, centurion Flavius Ferox can sense that war is coming, but also knows that enemies may be closer to home. Many of the Brigantes under his command are former rebels and convicts, as likely to kill him as obey an order. And then there is Hadrian, the emperor's cousin, and a man with plans of his own.



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    Check out Adrian's website.













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    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!

    • 44 min
    History Teaches Us About Ourselves–with Kimberly Duffy

    History Teaches Us About Ourselves–with Kimberly Duffy

    I had a great time talking with Kimberly Duffy a second time! She writes beautiful historical fiction set mostly in India (so far). She's my first repeat guest, but that makes sense because we've kept in touch and become friends since she was on my show last year. In this episode, we talk about her latest novel, Every Word Unsaid, which releases Tuesday, November 2! This leads to discussions regarding her book's real life character Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati, the historical mistreatment of widows in India, and why women struggle with the question, "Am I enough?"



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    Also mentioned:



    Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati



    Kim's first episode on Historical Fiction: Unpacked.



    Patti Callahan's episode on Historical Fiction: Unpacked.



    Check out Kim's website, Instagram, and Facebook.













    Join my community and help support the show on Patreon!



    Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook!



    Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website.

    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Myra3 ,

A favorite!

This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. Allison’s voice is filled with warmth and makes this a joy to listen to. I love all of the information she finds out from authors. A must-listen for this lover of historical fiction.

1776 Patriot Reviews ,

Author

Great podcast!

Rachel- Read the Hard Parts ,

Love hearing behind the scenes

Alison does a fantastic job interviewing historical fiction authors about their writing. It always makes me want to read their book. The podcast audio quality is great too.

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