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History Through Fiction founder and editor Colin Mustful talks with historical novelists about their craft of weaving history and fiction to create engaging, historically detailed stories.

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History Through Fiction founder and editor Colin Mustful talks with historical novelists about their craft of weaving history and fiction to create engaging, historically detailed stories.

    Simily Co-Founders Allegra O'Neill and Katie Wilson

    Simily Co-Founders Allegra O'Neill and Katie Wilson

    This special bonus episode of History Through Fiction: The Podcast features Allegra O’Neill and Katie Wilson, 2 of the 3 co-founders of Simily, a self-publishing platform that elevates creative writing. In this special episode, host Colin Mustful chats with the two co-founders about their groundbreaking online platform that connects writers with readers, democratizes the way stories gets seen, and pays writers for each unique view of their work. The co-founders also talk about the community-oriented features of the platform and their goals to make Simily the place to go for a personalized reading experience. If you’re a reader or a writer you don’t want to miss this episode!

    • 33 min
    Sheila O'Connor

    Sheila O'Connor

    In this special bonus episode of History Through Fiction: The Podcast, HTF intern Reina Markert talks with Sheila O’Connor about her novel Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions. Called an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, Evidence of V explores history of incarcerating young girls for the crime of “sexual immorality”, something that happened to the author’s maternal grandmother at the age of 15. In the episode, host Reina Markert talks with O’Connor about some of the obstacles to her research, the challenge of being an author, character, and narrator, and the importance of starting conversations about incarceration and the criminal justice system. Don’t miss it!

    • 29 min
    Adele Myers

    Adele Myers

    Time for another Bonus Episode! This special episode of History Through Fiction: The Podcast features Adele Myers, debut author of The Tobacco Wives. Called "a beautifully rendered portrait of a young woman finding her courage and her voice” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate, The Tobacco Wives is a coming-of-age novel set among the tobacco fields of North Carolina that sheds light on the hidden history of the tobacco industry. We chat with Myers about her background in advertising, the long and uncertain publishing process, and the important lessons her story has for readers today. Don’t miss it!

    • 36 min
    Marlie Wasserman

    Marlie Wasserman

    Time for a Bonus Episode! This special bonus episode of History Through Fiction: The Podcast features Marlie Wasserman, author of The Murderess Must Die. Host Colin Mustful talks with Wasserman, a debut novelist, about her choice to tell the story of Martha Place, the first women executed by the electric chair. Wasserman also talks about the yellow journalism that plagued media coverage in the late 1890s, and she reflects on how she brought her characters to life using an up close and personal writing style. Don’t miss it!

    • 37 min
    Rachel McMillan

    Rachel McMillan

    Season 2 of History Through Fiction: The Podcast is coming to end, but we have one more interview for your listening pleasure! Episode eleven features Rachel McMillan, author of numerous books and novels including The London Restoration and her upcoming The Mozart Code. In this episode we talk with McMillan about her love of historical fiction, what architecture can teach us about the past, and the way the aftermath of war shapes us and our relationships. McMillan also tells us about the responsibility she has to be upfront about the differences between history and fiction. She also considers issues of appropriation by asking herself the questions, “Is it valid that I am telling this viewpoint? Is it right for me to tell this viewpoint? Am I the best person to tell this viewpoint?” Don’t miss this fantastic conversation!

    • 35 min
    Amy Belding Brown

    Amy Belding Brown

    We’re ready for episode ten, are you? History Through Fiction: The Podcast continues with Amy Belding Brown, author of Emily’s House, a novel about Emily Dickinson's longtime maid, Irish immigrant Margaret Maher, whose bond with the poet ensured Dickinson's work would live on. In this episode we chat with Brown about her choice to write a story about Margaret Maher rather than Emily Dickison. We also learn about Brown’s writing process in order to discover her character’s voices, and about the teacher that influenced Brown to become an author. Check it out!

    • 33 min

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