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Why I Love Reading and Writing Historical Women's Fiction

There's an indescribable allure to history; it's a vast tapestry of human experiences, of victories and defeats, love stories and tragedies. When we talk about historical fiction, and particularly historical women's fiction, we dive into the world of untold stories, of women who forged paths, broke barriers, and crafted destinies against all odds. Today, I want to share why I love reading and writing stories in this genre.


1. Giving Voice to the Voiceless


History, as we've often seen, is predominantly the story of men. But what about the women? The queens, the warriors, the mothers, the spies, the lovers? Historical women's fiction lets me breathe life into their tales, giving them the spotlight they always deserved but were often denied.


2. A Journey Back in Time


There's a unique thrill in researching different eras—the clothes, the customs, the nuances of daily life. It's like time traveling, without leaving the comfort of my writing desk. Every detail, from the texture of a dress to the fragrance of a market, is a discovery, and I get to share it with my readers.


3. Exploring Resilience and Strength


The women of the past weren't just passive spectators. They were influencers, rebels, strategists, and survivors. Through my stories, I can showcase their resilience, their bravery, and their indomitable spirit. These characters inspire me, and I hope they inspire my readers too.


4. Drawing Parallels with Today


The beauty of historical fiction is that while it's set in the past, its themes are timeless. The struggles for love, acceptance, freedom, and equality are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Writing this genre allows me to draw parallels between then and now, showing how far we've come and how far we still have to go.


5. Celebrating Sisterhood


Friendships, sisterly bonds, and maternal ties play pivotal roles in my stories. There's a depth and richness in female relationships that is both powerful and touching. Through trials and triumphs, these bonds stand strong, and I love portraying this incredible dynamic.


6. The Challenge and Joy of Meticulous Research


Yes, historical fiction requires extensive research, but that's part of its charm. Each fact checked, each detail verified, adds authenticity to the narrative. It's a labor of love, ensuring that the worlds I create resonate with historical accuracy and emotional truth.


Writing historical women's fiction is a journey of the heart and mind. It's about honoring the legacy of countless women who, in their own ways, shaped the course of history. Their stories, filled with passion, courage, and tenacity, deserve to be told. And I am both honored and thrilled to be a conduit for their tales.


Most of my favorite historical women’s fiction reads revolve around World War II currently. Here’s a few you might enjoy:


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Set during WWII, this novel explores the lives of two French sisters and their contrasting paths during the Nazi occupation of France. It's a gripping tale of resilience, love, and the horrors of war.


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn


Spanning the tumultuous years of World War II, this novel delves into the lives of three women who work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park, each harboring secrets that intertwine and resurface years later with the potential to shatter or redeem them.


When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin


Set against the backdrop of 1938 Munich, this tale follows an American journalist and an American graduate student as they navigate the rising tensions in Nazi Germany, their differing opinions clashing and converging as danger intensifies around them.


Why I love Reading and Writing Historical Women's Fiction