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 www.kmpohlkamp.com or @KMPohlkamp.