Is there a safe way to travel in time?

Let’s face it, most times, most places – are damned dangerous! The list of where, and when, I wouldn’t like to be is an EXTREMELY long one. Syria. Saudi Arabia. Alabama. The Crusades. The Black Plague. Back at primary school.
And as for bringing the past to life – well, they tried that in Jurassic Park, and look how that went. 
However, turns out that there IS a safe way to time travel – and it’s reading historical novels. I for instance really like to immerse myself in medieval England – but I have a strong suspicion that if I’d been around then I would’ve ended up tied to a post with faggots piled up around my feet, starting to feel uncomfortably warm.
So why am I blathering on about these things? Because as part of OWSCyCon 2019 Historical Fiction, I’ve been asked to write a post about how I bring the past to life in my historical fiction. You might know that among other things I write Regency Gothic Something or Other (honestly I’m not sure what to call my genre, I never am!). My published book is Lady Charlotte’s Dilemma, about a well-brought up girl who is ‘challenged’, let’s say, by suddenly becoming a vampire. I’m currently writing the sequel, Lady Charlotte and the Dark Side.
So, well, vampires are NOT really historical – but Lady Charlotte and her world are as authentic as I can make them. They speak authentic Regency ‘Pray bring me the hartshorn, Sarah – my palpitations!” They do what Regency people do – worry about their reputations, look down on ‘vulgar persons’, get hung up on their virginity. They live in a real world (mostly Surrey and London),with real people (the Prince Regent, who’s currently falling madly in love with my heroine), read real books (John Polidori’s The Vampyre), dress in ‘damped muslin’ (the Regency’s answer to a wet t-shirt), drive phaetons, and wear their hair ‘a la Grecque’.
I probably slip up plenty – but it’s basically a Regency universe. With vampires, and even they tend to observe the social conventions. They may suck your blood – but they’re unquestionably genteel (except for Bess, who’s an Elizabethan tart).
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my colleague K.M. Polhkamp, who also writes historical fiction, set in the Tudor era! Hop over to her blog and check out her take on the subject. A quick author bio is below.
Quick Bio: K.M. Pohlkamp is a blessed wife to the love of her life, proud mother of two young children, and a NASA Mission Control flight controller. A Cheesehead by birth, she now resides in Texas and writes to maintain her sanity. Her other hobbies include ballet and piano. K.M. has come a long way from the wallpaper and cardboard books she created as a child. Her debut novel, Apricots and Wolfsbane, was awarded the Editor’s Choice designation by the Historical Novel Society among other accolades and awards. The unpredictable tale follows a female poison assassin in Tudor England and the sequel releases fall 2019. K.M. can be found at or @KMPohlkamp.



  1. I starting to think when first reading this, yeah super dangerous places…… like the United States right now…..
    But you were right with me, when you included your primary school.
    Good on you!

  2. Regency Gothic: now that’s a genre I don’t know about. I loved Gothic novels when I studies at uni in particular ‘The Castle of Otranto’ and the more well known ones. It must be fascinating and laborious to get all the historical material right and still write a rattling yarn

  3. Okay, so you’re from Wisconsin and you want to visit Alabama…in the past? Mmmmm…something to think about for sure. I truly enjoyed your post. Great fun and love the idea of Regency vamps. I will definitely check it out. Again great fun. Thank you. 🙂 I’m from Chicago…you know, Bears and then your team. Hahahaha Unless I was wrong about the Cheesheads and it means something else entirely. If so. Sorry about that.

      1. Wisconsin is a cheese state. Known for wonderful cheese. They wear foam wedges of cheese /hats during games. Loved the post. Thank you so much. 😉

  4. We have to re read in the morning. There is a delightful bit of fluff called ‘Some where in Time’ I believe with Christopher Plummer and Christofer Reeve and Jane Seymour. Christofer studys time and is convience the power of the brain.

    After several times hea young man goes back to the 1900’s to stay in a particular hotel. Falls head over tea pot inlove with actress played by Jane Seymore.

    If it were me Id prefer to return to a poignant period in America’s history and take part in America becoming a country. Or to England in 1022 when my dads mom who was Jewish family settled there.

    Yes after cleaning uo after my xat and sleeping 4 hours I shall re read your piece with fresh eyes.

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