Historical Fiction: Unpacked

Alison Treat

Explore the pull of the past with authors of historical fiction.

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Two Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule!
Sep 1 2022
Two Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule!
Today's episode is a very special one! It's been two years since I started Historical Fiction: Unpacked. To celebrate this milestone, Michelle Ule is hosting the show! I'm in the hot seat as she interviews me about my life, my writing, my favorites (and least favorites) when it comes to historical fiction, and what gave me the idea of starting a podcast at all! Join us to hear more about us and how learning about history through story has impacted our lives. Important links: The episode in which I interview Michelle Ule. More about John Eldredge, the professor/author who taught me that I am God's beloved. Episode with Wendy Voorsanger. Latest Episode with Laura Frantz. Episode with Sarah Loudin Thomas. Episode with Kerry Chaput. Episode with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer. Kate Quinn's book about a Ukrainian sniper, The Diamond Eye (affiliate). Find out more about Thomas Umstattd Jr. and his podcast here. Purchase Michelle Ule's books here (affiliate). Purchase my novel, One Traveler, here (affiliate). Check out Michelle's website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
Two Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule!
Sep 1 2022
Two Year Anniversary Celebration—Featuring Guest Host Michelle Ule!
Today's episode is a very special one! It's been two years since I started Historical Fiction: Unpacked. To celebrate this milestone, Michelle Ule is hosting the show! I'm in the hot seat as she interviews me about my life, my writing, my favorites (and least favorites) when it comes to historical fiction, and what gave me the idea of starting a podcast at all! Join us to hear more about us and how learning about history through story has impacted our lives. Important links: The episode in which I interview Michelle Ule. More about John Eldredge, the professor/author who taught me that I am God's beloved. Episode with Wendy Voorsanger. Latest Episode with Laura Frantz. Episode with Sarah Loudin Thomas. Episode with Kerry Chaput. Episode with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer. Kate Quinn's book about a Ukrainian sniper, The Diamond Eye (affiliate). Find out more about Thomas Umstattd Jr. and his podcast here. Purchase Michelle Ule's books here (affiliate). Purchase my novel, One Traveler, here (affiliate). Check out Michelle's website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
The Power of Historical Fiction—with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Jun 30 2022
The Power of Historical Fiction—with Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Today I'm sharing a conversation I had with author Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer. Sarah and I discuss her novels, most of which feature American Indians. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma herself. Not only did she speak to me in Choctaw, we talked about her story of surrendering everything to God, how he gave her writing back to her, and her Choctaw heritage of faith. We discuss why she's chosen to independently publish her novels. However, she just signed her first traditional publishing contract. Her biography of Otis Leader (a Choctaw Code Talker) will release in 2023! Purchase the Doc Beck Western series on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase the Doc Beck Western series on Bookshop (affiliate). Purchase Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Codetalkers of World War I on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Codetalkers of World War I on Bookshop (affiliate). Purchase book one of the Choctaw Tribune Series, The Executions, on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase book one of the Choctaw Tribune Series, The Executions, on Bookshop (affiliate). Check out Sarah's website and Facebook! Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
Learning From Those Who’ve Gone Before Us—with Rachel Fordham
Jun 9 2022
Learning From Those Who’ve Gone Before Us—with Rachel Fordham
Today's episode is a conversation with Rachel Fordham. Her latest novel, Where the Road Bends, released Tuesday, June 7. We discuss the lessons apparent in this book, what it's like to write contemporary after writing historical fiction, and how she uses the five love languages in her novels. Here's a description of the novel, from Revell: For Norah King, her family land is all she has left—and she can’t lose it, even if it means marrying someone she doesn’t love. Days before the wedding, she discovers a badly injured man on her property and chooses to take him in—a decision she could live to regret. Norah’s nursing does more than aid Quincy Barnes’s recovery; it also awakens his heart. But as a penniless man with no home of his own, Quincy has nothing to offer her. The honorable choice is to leave and let her marry her intended. The only problem is that when he leaves, he inadvertently takes something that doesn’t belong to him— something that will change both their lives forever. When their paths cross next, Quincy sees firsthand the consequences of his actions and will go to great lengths to set things right, but will it be enough? Can Quincy come clean to Norah and make amends? Or will their future together be ruined before it has even begun? Purchase Where the Road Bends on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Where the Road Bends on Bookshop (affiliate). Check out Rachel's website, Facebook, and Instagram! Also mentioned: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (affiliate) Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
The Importance of Knowing History—with James A. Ross
Jun 2 2022
The Importance of Knowing History—with James A. Ross
Today's episode is a unique and fascinating one! Jim and I discuss his historical novel, Hunting Teddy Roosevelt, about an attempt on Roosevelt's life orchestrated by J.P. Morgan. Jim had a lot to say about industrialists Morgan, Carnegie, and Hearst. We talked about the political climate of their day and how Jim tackled the tricky task of writing a fictional tale about real historical figures. James A. Ross has at various times been a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo, a Congressional Staffer, and a Wall Street Lawyer. His debut novel, Hunting Teddy Roosevelt, won the Independent Press Distinguished Favorite award for historical fiction, was shortlisted for a Goethe Historical Fiction Award, and is a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for historical fiction. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and his short story, Aux Secours, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His debut mystery novel, Coldwater Revenge appeared in April 2021 and reached #15 on the Amazon mystery best seller chart. The second book in the series, Coldwater Confession, released in April 2022. Ross is a frequent contributor to, and several times winner of, the live story telling competition, Cabin Fever Story Slam. He has appeared as a guest story teller on the Moth Main Stage, and his live performances and on-line stories can be found on his website.   Purchase Hunting Teddy Roosevelt on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Hunting Teddy Roosevelt on Bookshop (affiliate). Check out Jim's website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Purchase and/or leave a review of my novel, One Traveler, on Amazon (affiliate). Or leave a review of One Traveler on Goodreads. Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
Learning a Better Way Forward—with Amanda Cox
May 26 2022
Learning a Better Way Forward—with Amanda Cox
Today I'm sharing a conversation with Amanda Cox. We discuss her latest book, The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery and how this novel brought out the dynamic between mothers and daughters. We also talk about her background in counseling and how that affects the development of characters in her books. Here's a description of the novel, from Revell: How do you respond when hidden things are revealed? Professional counselor and author, Amanda Cox plunges readers into a dual-time tale in The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. This masterful work weaves together the lives of three generations of women, exploring the dynamics between mothers and daughters and the way the secrets they kept shaped the women they became. After tragedy plunges Sarah Ashby into grief and unresolved anger, she decides to return to her hometown to follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces that she is planning on closing the store. The present time line weaves with the past when Sarah tries to uncover the real reason behind her mother’s decision but instead stumbles across a love letter intended for her grandmother. Each woman must face how their lives have been altered by false information and secrets and discover the healing power of telling the truth. Purchase The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery on Bookshop (affiliate). Check out Amanda's website, Facebook, and Instagram! Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!
Mental Health Awareness—with Janyre Tromp
May 3 2022
Mental Health Awareness—with Janyre Tromp
Today's episode is a BONUS episode! I talked with debut author Janyre Tromp about her novel Shadows in the Mind's Eye. This book deals with combat PTSD after the Second World War, and Janyre is a fount of knowledge about PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorder. You don't want to miss this fantastic conversation, which I'm sharing today in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Neither do you want to miss Janyre's book. Find it via the links below. Purchase Shadows in the Mind's Eye on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Shadows in the Mind's Eye on Bookshop (affiliate). Also mentioned: Electric Shock Therapy (Please understand that I don't know enough about this to condemn or condone it. I provide this link solely for informational purposes.) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Please see my note regarding Electric Shock Therapy. The same goes for EMDR. Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety, Stress & Survival Mode  by Aundi Kolber (affiliate) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (affiliate) Check out Janyre's website, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook! Join my community and help support the show on Patreon! Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. Follow the show on Instagram! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!