May is historical fiction on JPC Allen Writes. Along with having guest authors share their process for writing historical fiction, I’ll have prompts to relating this genre. If you like history, what time periods do you like to read about in fiction? Because my mind seems bent on crime, I like my historical fiction to revolve around a mystery. Some of my favorites are:
- “The Price of Light”. This Christmas short story features medieval monk and detective Brother Cadfael. Not only is it a fun mystery, but author Ellis Peters gives you a real sense of living in the setting with the characters.
- Dr. Sam Hawthorne short stories. These stories feature a doctor who runs into impossible crimes in and around his small Connecticut town. The series begin in the 1920’s and follows Dr. Sam into the 1940’s.
- Uncle Abner short stories. These mysteries take place in West Virginia when it was still western Virginia. Since there’s no police force, Uncle Abner helps Squire Randolph to solve mysteries and right wrongs before the Civil War.
So what time periods do you like to read about in fiction?