When I talk with people about my next book, I usually say, “The second book should be easier because I’m a better writer and I’ve been through the publishing process”. That’s what I hope anyway. Deep down I know that isn’t really true, so I’ve begun preparing to write a historical fiction novel. Author Tips on Writing Historical Fiction
Writing one book doesn’t qualify anyone as a great writer. For myself, I believe it qualifies me as a lucky person who found a great editor to work with. I once read, “The best writers are always learning, always looking to improve”. That’s me, for sure, because I hope to continue growing as a writer, and I’m willing to rewrite, rewrite and rewrite some more. Second book syndrome
Therese’s first book is a memoir/nonfiction, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks file.
We can never lose HOPE…….Therese
The setting for the historical fiction novel I’m writing is in Kansas, the breadbasket of the world, and the United States leading wheat producer. More specifically, in the little town of Ottawa, Kansas, where my great grandparents, immigrants from Austria, settled and made a life together.
Antone Mages, my great grandfather, and his brother, worked on a friends farm, the Strafuss’s, in Homewood, Kansas in the late 1800’s. Antone married Teresa Strafuss in 1900 and his brother, married Teresa’s sister, Barbara. The story focuses on my grandmother, Christina Mary Mages Crutcher, the seventh child of thirteen children, and the family dynamics as she grew up. She dreamed of leaving her small town and having her own life and bedroom. Chris died in January 2014, and over the years I had been recording her life planning to write a story based on her life.
A couple of my favorite historical fiction novels are: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Mitchell and Outlander by Diane Gabaldon http://www.dianagabaldon.com/
What is your favorite historical fiction novel?
Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle,Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.
We can never lose HOPE……………Therese
I began writing a second book, a historical fiction novel, in 2015, when I needed a break from Watching Their Dance, and I’ve written about sixty pages so far. In 2016, I was finishing the final details on Watching Their Dance so, needless to say, my second book didn’t receive much attention that year. I’ve missed writing and how the creative juices begin to flow once I’m focused, so I’ve set a goal to get back to the novel by the end of the year.
If you’re not familiar with the genre, historical fiction, Goodreads has a good description, “Historical fiction presents a story set in the past, often during a significant time period. In historical fiction, the time period is an important part of the setting and often of the story itself.” https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16631704.Therese_Crutcher_Marin
The picture of my 102-year old Grandmother, Chris Crutcher, is a hint regarding my next book. I’ll be donating 100% of the proceeds from my next two books to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).
Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks file. 100% of proceeds goes to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world.
We can never lose HOPE…….Therese