icon caret-left icon caret-right instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads question-circle facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

Life on the Deckle Edge

Historically Speaking from the Decatur Book Festival

Greetings from Decatur, Ga., where thousands of folks have been enjoying the gorgeous weather and taking in all-things-books! Between shifts at our SCBWI PAL booth near the Children's Stage, I was able to listen to some fabulous authors speak about writing historical fiction. Here's a gem or two from several participating in a couple of different sessions:

M. L. Malcolm (adult market - HEART OF LIES; HEART OF DECEPTION) -

"My books are not just historically accurate; they're historically driven."

"I love librarians - God bless librarians!"

"The biggest problem when doing historical research is knowing when to stop!"

Lynn Cullen (children's and adult markets - THE CREATION OF EVE; I AM REMBRANDT'S DAUGHTER) -

"Research is a joy."

"It's a game for those of us who do that kind of thing to find the holes - the little gaps - where you can use your imagination."

Vicky Alvear Shecter (children's, author of forthcoming CLEOPATRA'S MOON) -

"I struggled with having to kill off a character because that was a historical fact!"


"I speak for those who can't speak for themselves."

"I want people to smell the dirt on Rehobeth Road where I grew up."

Deborah Wiles (LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER and rest of AURORA COUNTY series; COUNTDOWN)-

As a child of nine living near the nation's capital in 1962, she thought: "If you will just invite me to the White House, I will explain to you why you shouldn't blow up the whole world."

(Do you ever really finish a book?)
"It can always be better,[but after one is finished] I'm really focused on the next one."

And I'm thankful for that, so that we can all look forward to the "next ones" from these fine, gracious, history-making authors!
Be the first to comment