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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.

    Bringing You Home: Amish Historical Fiction–with Jan Drexler

    Bringing You Home: Amish Historical Fiction–with Jan Drexler

    Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to herwriting. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethrenimmigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspirationfor her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband,where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. Her latest book, Softly Blows the Bugle, released October 20! It's the final installment in her Amish of Weaver's Creek series. 

    Listen in as Alison and Jan talk about Jan's writing, her Amish roots, and the message Jan hopes to get across in all of her novels.

    Purchase Softly Blows the Bugle on Amazon (affiliate).

    The Amish of Weaver's Creek series (affiliate)

    Jan's website, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads.

    Also mentioned:

    Alison's novel set at the beginning of the Civil War: One Traveler (affiliate).

    Ken Follett's books (affiliate)

    Aiming for Love by Mary Conneally (affiliate)

    Francis Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden and A Little Princess (affiliate links)

    (Side note: Those editions of Burnett's classics are illustrated by one of Alison's favorite children's book illustrators, Tasha Tudor.)

    Be sure to visit Alison’s 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!

     

     

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    Success After Surrender–with Joanna Davidson Politano

    Success After Surrender–with Joanna Davidson Politano

    Joanna Davidson Politano's latest book, The Love Note, released this past Tuesday! Alison and Joanna discuss the struggle it was to pen this story of a love letter that never reached the intended recipient as well as how Joanna got started as a writer. Spoiler: She had to give up her dream in order to rediscover the joy of writing. This conversation is packed with so much richness. 

    Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears, ARumored Fortune, and Finding Lady Enderly (affiliate links). When she’s not homeschooling her small children, she spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two children in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan.

     

    Joanna's website and Facebook, and Twitter.

    Purchase Joanna's latest book, The Love Note, at one of these links:

    Amazon (affiliate)

    Baker Book House (The Publisher–possible sales!)

    Also mentioned:

    Mesu Andrews on "Historical Fiction: Unpacked"

    Elizabeth Byler Younts' books The Solace of Water and The Bright Unknown (affiliate links)

    Tessa Afshar's book A Pearl in the Sand (affiliate)

    Be sure to visit Alison’s 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!

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    Bringing the Adventure of Ancient Rome to Life–with Bryan Litfin

    Bringing the Adventure of Ancient Rome to Life–with Bryan Litfin

    Bryan's latest book, The Conqueror, released this past Tuesday, October 13. It's set in the Roman Empire, in AD 312, and as you'll discover in this episode, no author is more qualified to write this novel. He and Alison talk about Bryan's research for this book, what pushed him to write fiction, and the books he's released in the past. 

    Bryan Litfin is the author of the Chiveis Trilogy, as well as several works of nonfiction, including Early Christian Martyr Stories, After Acts, and Getting to Know the Church Fathers. A former professor of theology at the Moody Bible Institute, Litfin earned his PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia and his ThM in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers. He and his wife have two adult children and live in Wheaton, Illinois. 

    Bryan's website and Facebook.

    Purchase The Conqueror on Amazon (affiliate link).

     

    The Chiveis Trilogy 

    Book One: The Sword (affiliate link)

    Book Two: The Gift (affiliate link)

    Book Three: The Kingdom (affiliate link)

    Also mentioned:

    The Book of Eli (affiliate link)

    Steve Laube's Christian Market Guide (affiliate link)

    Stephen Lawhead's Byzantium and Patrick (affiliate links)

    James Michener's Centennial (affiliate link)

    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (affiliate link)

    Alison's 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!

     

     

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    Regency Romance and the Definition of Success–with Kristi Ann Hunter

    Regency Romance and the Definition of Success–with Kristi Ann Hunter

    In episode seven, Alison talks with Christian Regency romance author Kristi Ann Hunter about her latest book, Vying for the Viscount. We discuss the customs and etiquette of the Regency time period in England, the theme of horses and horse-racing in her new series, and what it means to be a successful author. 

    Here's Kristi's bio: Award-winning author Kristi Ann Hunter has spun chocolate, faith, and diet lemonade into a dozen Christian Fiction Regency romances. When she isn't writing, she spends time with her family in Georgia playing board games, being a dance mom, and living her own happily ever after.

    Buy Vying for the Viscount on Amazon (affliate link).

    Connect with Kristi via her website and Instagram. 

    Also mentioned:

    The real round (or circular) house Ickworth.

    The stone stables at Seaton Delaval Hall. 

    Kimberly Duffy's book A Mosaic of Wings (affiliate link). I'll be talking to Kimberly in an upcoming episode of Historical Fiction: Unpacked.

    Alison’s website, Facebook, Instagram.

    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

    • 47 min
    Following God's Call to Write–with Miralee Ferrell

    Following God's Call to Write–with Miralee Ferrell

    Alison talks with Miralee Ferrell about the history behind her historical novels, as well as following God's unexpected call to become a writer. They also discuss how several of Miralee's books came to be made into movies.

    Miralee Ferrell is an award-winning, best-selling author of 26 novels in various genres. Her most recent novel, Follow Your Heart(affiliate), will air THIS SUNDAY, October 4, 2020 on The Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel! One of her other books, a historical romance, Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, (affiliate) was produced as a contemporary romance movie and renamed Finding Love in Mountain View. This will air in 2021 on the Hallmark Network. Miralee is the owner and founder of Mountain Brook Ink, a traditional publisher in its 7th year of business, with a number of award-winning and best-selling titles titles. Miralee lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband, two black cats, sixteen chickens, and one very spoiled little dog. They have two children and four grandchildren, and she’s an avid horsewoman and gardener.

    Also Mentioned:

    Miralee's Finding Love books (Women of the West): Finding Love in Last Chance, California, Finding Love in Tombstone, Arizona, Outlaw Angel,  Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon. (Affiliate Links)

    Miralee's first novel, The Other Daughter (affiliate).

    Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series (affiliate).

    Miralee's website, Facebook Fan Group, and Instagram.

    Alison's website, Facebook, Instagram.

    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

    • 52 min
    On justice and turning dreams into books—with Bryan Davis

    On justice and turning dreams into books—with Bryan Davis

    Bryan Davis is known for his science fiction and fantasy novels, but he's also written a historical fantasy entitled Let the Ghosts Speak. Alison talks to him about how he crafted this novel inspired by a dream. They discuss the ghosts of the martyrs that haunt the main character and the importance of the role justice plays in his book.

    Order Let the Ghosts Speak (Affiliate Link)

    Bryan's Website and Facebook.

    Also mentioned:

    Mark Twain's Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Affiliate Link)

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Affiliate Link)

    Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Affiliate Link)

    Alison's Website, Facebook, Instagram.

    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

     

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Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

melissasel ,

Recommitted to Reading

I love this podcast! Excellent questions and book recommendations. Alison is so thoughtful with each question she asks of the authors she interviews. I especially loved hearing about the research process involved to be authentic.

I hate picking up a book that leaves me not enjoying reading and this podcast solves that. I have a list of books I want to read now!

Historical fiction is my new love & way to kick back and enjoy reading again. Thank you for your work, Alison!

TheGrey2 ,

Great listen about great reads

Anyone who loves historical fiction will love this podcast. It’s also a great way to learn more if you are not sure about historical fiction. Way to go Alison Treat!

B-Depew ,

This is fantastic!

As one who has not read much Historical Fiction in the past, I have purchased and begun reading Alison Treat’s book, One Traveler. She is an incredibly talented and prolific author. I look forward to hearing her interviews and keen perspectives on the world of Historical Fiction, and I’m sure I will be drawn in by this podcast as much as I was by her book. Can’t wait!

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