Okay…I’m one of the rare ones. I actually liked history. When I wasn’t reading mysteries, I was checking out the biographies from my school library. I read about Helen Keller, George Pullman, Benjamin Franklin, Allan Pinkerton, and, of course, George Washington.
What has this to do with historical fiction? Quite a bit actually. Those early introductions into various moments of history helped create a love and admiration for stories that had true events in the background, while still creating a make-believe adventure. And when I get a chance, I like to use historical information in the backdrop of my own projects.
Historical fiction makes history enjoyable. Why not give this type of genre a try? You may help stir a child’s curiosity into the events of yesteryear.
Contributed by Catherine L. Osornio