Thursday, March 23, 2006

Historical novels

As a writer of historical novels, I often wonder what amount of literary license I should allow myself when I write about real events and places. It appears that it depends on the novelist philospny about historical novels.
I know that I don't subscribe to the idea that all events, characters, settings have to be as accurate in detail as they can be. I try to picture the events as the happened, the characters as they were, and the settings as true to the life of the period as I can make it.
That does not mean that my novels always picture life as it actually was, or events as the happened, or settings as they existed because, often, historians have a difficult time representing facts accurately.