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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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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.

    Two-Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule

    Two-Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule

    Today's episode is a very special one! It's been two years since I started Historical Fiction: Unpacked. To celebrate this milestone, Michelle Ule is hosting the show! I'm in the hot seat as she interviews me about my life, my writing, my favorites (and least favorites) when it comes to historical fiction, and what gave me the idea of starting a podcast at all! Join us to hear more about us and how learning about history through story has impacted our lives.



    Important links:



    The episode in which I interview Michelle Ule.



    More about John Eldredge, the professor/author who taught me that I am God's beloved.



    Episode with Wendy Voorsanger.



    Latest Episode with Laura Frantz.



    Episode with Sarah Loudin Thomas.



    Episode with Kerry Chaput.



    Episode with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer.



    Kate Quinn's book about a Ukrainian sniper, The Diamond Eye (affiliate).



    Find out more about Thomas Umstattd Jr. and his podcast here.



    Purchase Michelle Ule's books here (affiliate).



    Purchase my novel, One Traveler, here (affiliate).



    Check out Michelle's website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, 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.



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    • 47 min
    History Repeats Itself—with Elena Gorokhova

    History Repeats Itself—with Elena Gorokhova

    Today's conversation is a perfect way to wrap up Season Four. I spoke with Elena Gorokhova about her debut novel, A Train to Moscow, which released in March. Elena's insight was enriching. We discussed how her own family's story inspired her novel, what it was like to grow up in Soviet Russia, her immigration story, and her perspective on what's happening in Russia today.



    Purchase A Train to Moscow on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase A Train to Moscow on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Purchase Elena's memoirs on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Elena's memoirs on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Check out Elena's website and follow her on Twitter 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.



    Follow the show on Instagram!

















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    • 46 min
    Making History Relatable—with Owen Pataki

    Making History Relatable—with Owen Pataki

    I'm thrilled to have author and screenwriter Owen Pataki on the show today. Last year, his Historical Fiction adventure novel Searchers in Winter released. It continues the story begun in the novel Where the Light Falls, which Owen wrote with his sister, Allison Pataki. In this conversation, we discuss his latest novel (set during the Napoleonic Wars), his work in the film industry, and what it was like to cowrite a book with his sister.









    Purchase Searchers in Winter on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Searchers in Winter on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Purchase Where the Light Falls on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Where the Light Falls on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Check out the Searchers in Winter book trailer we talked about here.



    Follow Owen on 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.



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    • 42 min
    Quietly Unconventional—with Lisa E. Betz

    Quietly Unconventional—with Lisa E. Betz

    In today's episode, I'm happy to host engineer-turned-mystery-writer Lisa E. Betz for the second time. We're talking about the latest installment in her Livia Aemelia Mystery series, Fountains and Secrets, which released in January. We spoke about Rome's elaborate water system, Lisa's love of Ancient Rome, the roles of women in that time period, as well as the Roman concept of honor (aka dignitas) and how it conflicted with the teachings of Jesus. 



    Purchase Fountains and Secrets on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Fountains and Secrets on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Check out Lisa’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.



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    • 32 min
    Daughters of the King—with Kerry Chaput

    Daughters of the King—with Kerry Chaput

    Today I'm sharing a conversation with Kerry Chaput. Her latest novel, Daughter of the King, released in December. It's about a fascinating little gem of Canadian history that I knew nothing about!



    Here's the description:

    La Rochelle France, 1661. Fierce Protestant Isabelle is desperate to escape persecution by the Catholic King. Every day she defies the powers that threaten to destroy her — until she meets a handsome Catholic soldier who softens her will.

    She fights off an attack by a nobleman, and the only way to save herself is to flee to Canada as a Daughter of the King. She can have money, protection, and a new life — if she betrays everything she believes in. 

    Based on the true story of the French orphans who settled Canada, Daughter of the King is a sweeping tale of one young woman’s fight for true freedom. 

     



    Purchase Daughter of the King on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Daughter of the King on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Check out Kerry's website, Instagram, and Twitter!



    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.



    Follow the show on Instagram!

















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    • 33 min
    Nothing New Under the Sun—with Tracie Peterson

    Nothing New Under the Sun—with Tracie Peterson

    Tracie Peterson is on the show today! Often called the "Queen of Historical Fiction," she is an ECPA, CBA and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books, most of them historical. Today we talk about her new series, Love on the Santa Fe, and specifically the second installment, Beyond the Desert Sands, which released July 5. We discuss her love for the railroad, her mission in writing books, and how her books have touched the lives of readers.



    Purchase books from the Love on the Santa Fe series on Amazon (affiliate).



    Purchase Beyond the Desert Sands on Bookshop (affiliate).



    Check out Tracie's website and Facebook Page!



    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.



    Follow the show on Instagram!

















    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!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

LEB writer ,

For fellow history buffs

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I’m always looking for new authors to try. This podcast is a wonderful resource. Nothing inspires my interest like hearing an insightful interview with an author. Anyone who enjoys inspirational historical fiction should listen.

T. Duta ,

Delightful

This podcast is truly a delight. Alison has a soothing voice that invites you into her storytelling world of books and tea. I love her Q and A style with her guests that expose us to new content! Historical Fiction: unpacked is a fun way to learn and relax!

Travis Ventrella ,

I Love This Podcast!

I just started listening to this Podcast and I absolutely love it! Every time I listen, I learn so much! I always look forward to when a new episode comes out.

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