PODCAST

Historical Fiction: Unpacked

Alison Treat

Explore the pull of the past with authors of historical fiction.
Changing Hearts and Minds Through Story–with Elizabeth Camden
Today
41 mins
Learning About Ourselves Through History–with Candice Sue Patterson
Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, watching her kids play sports, or helping children discover a love for reading as an elementary librarian, she’s working on a new story. Candice has written several contemporary romances, but today we discuss her first full-length historical novel, Saving Mrs. Roosevelt, which released yesterday (December 1, 2021). We talk about the SPARS, the first female-only branch of the Coast Guard, around which this book is centered. Purchase Saving Mrs. Roosevelt on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Saving Mrs. Roosevelt on Bookshop (affiliate).   Also mentioned: Candice's historical novella, "Beneath a Michigan Moon," can be found in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection (affiliate). The book Candice mentioned using for research is The Deans Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality by Angie Klink (affiliate). The devotional Candice mentioned by Corrie Ten Boom is titled God is my Hiding Place: 40 Devotionals for Refuge and Strength (affiliate). Check out Candice'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!
1w ago
28 mins
Appreciating the Present–with V.E.H. Masters
V.E.H. Masters was born and grew up on a farm just outside St. Andrews, Scotland. She's been fascinated by the 1546 siege of St Andrews Castle, ever since her history teacher took the class on a visit, which included going down the siege tunnel dug out of rock and peering into the bottle dungeon where the infamous Cardinal Beaton's body is said to have been kept, pickled in salt, for over a year. When she learned that the group who took the castle, and held it for over 14 months, resisting the many attempts to re-take it, called themselves the Castilians, she knew even then, at age 12, that it was the perfect title for the story, and she had a sixth sense she might write it one day. On today's show, we discuss Vicki's first book, The Castilians, as well as the sequel, The Conversos, which is now available! Purchase The Castilians on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase The Castilians on Bookshop (affiliate). Purchase The Conversos on Amazon (affiliate). Also mentioned: On Writing by Stephen King on Amazon and Bookshop (affiliates) Check out Vicki's website (where you can join her readers group), and don't miss her Facebook, Twitter, 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!
Nov 25 2021
34 mins
Timeless Truths—with Karen WitemeyerHistory Gives Us Courage–with Amanda Dykes
In honor of veterans everywhere and specifically in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, today I'm sharing a conversation with author Amanda Dykes. Her latest novel, Yours is the Night, commemorates soldiers from World War I and the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the end of this war. Amanda and I had a wonderful discussion about this tomb and how to honor its anniversary. Amanda also shares how she went from years of "wandering" in the writing industry to winning the Christy Book of the Year award with her debut novel, Whose Waves These Are. I especially love her desire to keep up a "gritty wonder" as an author in the face of all the heaviness in the world. Purchase Yours is the Night on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase Yours is the Night on Bookshop (affiliate).     Also mentioned: Kirke L. Simpson's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles on the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Wreaths Across America Day in honor of veterans will be December 18. Centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Check out Amanda's website, Instagram, 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!
Nov 11 2021
48 mins
Story Brings History to Life–with Adrian GoldsworthyHistory Teaches Us About Ourselves–with Kimberly DuffyBringing the Bible to Life–with Naomi CraigEmancipating the Past–with Patty CallahanHope and the Value of Human Life–with Liz Tolsma
Bestselling author Liz Tolsma loves writing, research, and editing. Her first novel was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. In this episode, we talked about her passion to share the joy that children with intellectual disabilities can bring to the world. She told about her journey as a mother of a child with microcephaly. She also shared why she keeps writing books about World War Two. Her latest book, A Picture of Hope, released October 1.  Here's the description of A Picture of Hope: Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. There she enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they stumble upon a great tragedy, leaving a girl with special needs being orphaned.    Can Nellie and Jean-Paul see the child to a safe haven while being pursued by the Nazis, who are pressed by the advancing Allies and determined to destroy all they can before they flee?  Purchase A Picture of Hope on Amazon (affiliate).  Purchase A Picture of Hope on Bookshop (affiliate).  Sign up for Liz's newsletter on her website. Check out Liz's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also mentioned: Liz's podcast: Christian Historical Fiction Talk. The French actor and mime Marcel Marceau. Split-Time or Time-Slip author Melanie Dobson. Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. 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!
Oct 7 2021
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Resting in Our Identity–with Pepper D. Basham
Pepper Basham is a wife, mom, writer, speaker, and speech-language pathologist! She writes historical and contemporary romance with a love for Britain and her native Appalachia. In this episode, Pepper and I talk about how she began writing and eventually got published, where she gets her inspiration, and the role the theme of identity plays in her latest book, The Mistletoe Countess. Here's a description of The Mistletoe Countess: Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she trusts in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. Purchase The Mistletoe Countess on Amazon (affiliate). Purchase The Mistletoe Countess on Bookshop (affiliate). Also mentioned: Christmas in Mistletoe Square releases tomorrow, October 1! Purchase it on Amazon (affiliate). Pepper's favorite place to find inspiration: The Biltmore. Pepper's and Jaime Jo Wright's podcast, Smooches & Stabs! Check out Pepper's website, Facebook, and Instagram. Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook! Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website. 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!
Sep 30 2021
39 mins
The Forgotten Firebrand–with Cam MolineuxLight in the Darkness–with Kristin HarmelSouthern Storytelling–with Valerie Fraser Luesse
Jul 29 2021
34 mins
The Midnight Ride of Anna Stone–with Tracy LawsonSurviving the Historic Destruction of Jerusalem–with Lori Banov KaufmannThe Strength of Italian Women–with Jennifer AntonLooking for Hope in History–with Susie FinkbeinerWomen in Western History–with Wendy VoorsangerBiblical Fiction of Prophets & Kings–with Henry O. Arnold

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