Tag: historical novels

Background on A TRIPLE KNOT: Envisioning Joan

In the beginning, I play with characters, trying them out in scenes, testing how they react to events and their fellow characters. With Joan of Kent, I’d already portrayed her several years before the death of her husband, the Black Prince, in A Vigil…

A Moment in Time: Focusing the Historical Novel

On Saturday, 19 July, 4:00-5:30 pm I’ll be facilitating a workshop at the annual summer conference of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Details of the location are on the events page on my website (emmacampion.com). A workshop is a workshop, not a lecture. I…

A Triple Knot

Yes, I’ve been quiet, but for a good reason. I’m reviewing the copyedit of A Triple Knot and making the last substantive changes–a tense yet exhilarating point in the birthing of a book. I’m reading it aloud to catch infelicitous phrases, inconsistencies, and repetitions….

Shop Talk: Uses of History in a Novel

I’ve been thinking about the various ways I use history in novels. In the Owen Archer novels, I (as Candace) make use of the history to create the motivation for the crime and the circumstances–political, cultural, local–that led to it and that create obstacles…

Q&A with Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown

Several years ago Patricia Bracewell introduced herself to me at the medieval congress at Western Michigan University. I’d just presented a humorous paper about the perils and pitfalls of writing a novel as my publishers on both sides of the pond were struggling to…