Read the book Writing Historical Fiction by Rhona Martin who is a winner of England’s Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize. She is well versed in this genre.
Historical Fiction is more than filling the pages of a novel with ideas and dialogue. It requires building a plot and developing language of the era for diverse characters. Without question, the historical writer must create accurate descriptions of behaviors, dress, and special story interests.
In contrast to writing events by contemporary authors, entertainment includes actions that readers of historical fiction will expect to recognize. As customs in small communities are rooted in farming, textiles, shipping, and modes of travel, a person’s adventures are defined by their culture and education.
Throughout: the stories tell about hero and heroins of ancient lore who speak in dialects consistent with their countries and so will their visiting travelers from other lands.
Charlotte Liebel (c)2011