The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction

The past can be considered a complicated time. It is filled with many great people, heard and unheard of, who played a significant role in forming the society we have today. History is a long, winding river of people’s lives: what they wore, how they talked, what they believed, how they lived, what are the traditions, and what was happening around them and to them. Due to the complexities, there is a particular allure regarding the past that entices many readers. And for a novelist, the new way of retelling elements of the past into new narratives brings forth an essence of our humanity.

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