Greg Taylor’s novel Lusitania R.E.X won the first M.M. Bennetts Award for historical fiction. The award was presented at last June’s Historical Novel Society conference in Denver and I had the pleasure of meeting Greg briefly after his award was announced. Today he talks about historical fiction – what makes it unique and what makes it tick.
MKTod: What are the ‘magic ingredients’ that make historical fiction unforgettable/irresistible? And in your opinion, what do the best historical fiction writers do to ‘get it right’?
Greg Taylor: What sets historical fiction apart from other fiction is its ability to educate the reader. The lure of historical fiction for me is not only the prospect of enjoying a good tale but also the more lasting satisfaction of knowing that I have learned something.
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