When I first began reading romance novels many years ago, historical romances were my first choice. I enjoyed not only getting away from the real world into a realm filled with romance, but I also loved being placed in a different time in some many different settings. Today's guest in My Writing Corner is here to take us away to another world and another time.
Author Kathy Otten is a book coach, and developmental
editor. She lives in the rolling farmland of
Western New York. Her novels and short stories are filled with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Her Civil War novel, A Place in Your Heart was a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner, and her historical western Lost Hearts, a Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist.
She is an active member of Pennwriters, Inc., and leads an area critique group. Kathy also teaches
Her newest book is Heart of Ash, which is set during World War I. I asked Kathy about the special challenges of writing a story set in another time. To me, setting has always been very important. Here is her answer:
Though it is a short story, the amount of research was both daunting and incredibly fun. I watched hours of WWI reenactors, documentaries, old movie footage of planes, and pilot interviews. I read tons of material on pilot training, uniforms, dog fighting techniques, and old planes. If you're going to write historicals, you really have to love the research.
Excellent point! That is a valuable lesson for any fiction writer. To me, getting into the setting can make all the difference in the enjoyment of any story.
Want to know more about the story itself? I certainly do! Let's get a blurb:
Any comments or questions for Kathy?