Day: March 13, 2024

Historical Fiction: A Closer Look into the PastHistorical Fiction: A Closer Look into the Past

Virtual Book Tours for Historical Fiction

Virtual Book Tours (also called book blog tours) help authors promote their new and/or previously published books by placing them in front of readers & reviewers across the internet. They last 7-14 days and include reviews, interviews & guest posts.

Historical Fiction is set in a real place during a culturally recognizable time period. Authors are allowed to take artistic license, but characters should fit the era.


When writing historical fiction, it is important for the author to take history into account. It is also important to make the story believable. This means not overwhelming the reader with too much research or block of history that does not fit into the plot.

Readers want to be immersed in the time period but not bludgeoned with details about how handmade soap was made or the way food was cooked over open fires. If something is not true to history, it should be omitted rather than causing the reader to doubt whether or not the book is factual.

A virtual book tour is an excellent way to get your book in front of readers and fans on a regular basis without the time commitment of daily stops. Many authors have added fun elements to their digital events such as a virtual happy hour and an interactive discussion with fans.

Historical Adventure

Historical Fiction is a broad genre that includes narratives set in past eras with real-life historical events driving the storyline. It also includes novels that feature a historical character or period such as Mary Shelley’s Valperga (1823) or James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales featuring the Native American warriors, Chingachgook and Uncas from the popular Last of the Mohicans (1934).

Historical fantasy is another subgenre within historical fiction that features otherworldly elements while retaining a historically realistic backdrop. Authors are allowed some artistic license when writing historical fiction, but readers demand accuracy and authenticity when it comes to everyday details such as clothing and language as well as bigger events and figures of history. These are important points to consider when planning and researching your book.

Historical Fantasy

The Historical Fantasy genre allows authors to take artistic license with the past. However, the story must still be set in a real place and time that is culturally recognizable to readers. The characters should look and act as though they live in that era. The best of these works have been researched down to every scent, button and turn of phrase.

Authors like educational writer Ruta Sepetys host virtual book club gatherings that offer behind-the-scenes insights and recipes for their work. Some even provide an interactive discussion guide for fans to download and print for the event.

Historical Mysteries & Thrillers

Many historical fiction authors have partnered with fellow writers for virtual book tour events. When done correctly, this genre melding can produce an enthralling, unputdownable book.

Thrillers and mysteries are an exciting addition to the historical fiction genre. They allow readers to enjoy the thrill of solving a mystery while also being transported into another time period. It’s like getting two books for the price of one.

This is a great way to attract a new audience to your book. It’s also a fun way to show your appreciation for your fans. For example, science writer Amy Shira Teitel posted a series of digital meet-and-greet videos on YouTube to thank her followers for their support. These videos were also a part of her virtual book tour.

Historical Fiction

The key to this genre is that it is set in a real place during a culturally recognizable time. The events, characters and actions can be either pure fiction or based on actual people (or both).

Some authors take artistic license to change aspects of the past, but most do a lot of research to get it as close as possible to reality. For example, Mary Shelley jumped on the Historical Fiction bandwagon with Valperga (1823), a novel about a 14th-century despot conquering Florence to win the love of a countess.

Then there are books that focus on a specific group of people, such as the five Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper which follow the adventures of Natty Bumppo and Chingachgook during the French and Indian War.

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