The Story Behind the Story

Video interviews and Conversations

In this series of interviews with historical fiction authors, we’re going to discover the secrets of writing dynamic historical fiction. Each month, we’ll talk about what motivated the authors to write their books. And of course, we’ll explore a favorite subject of historical fiction authors: research!

Latest conversations

Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox is the multiple prize winning author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. This historical mystery author also includes delicious romance…listen to find out more! Her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others.  We’re going to dig in about why and how she comes up with her stories—including a favorite topic: research! Learn about the story behind the story!

Susanne Dunlap

Susanne Dunlap is the award-winning author of over a dozen historical novels, as well as an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach in fiction and nonfiction. Her love of history began in academia with a PhD in music history from Yale. Her novel, THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER, was published April 2023, and her novel THE PORTRAITIST won first prize in its category in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and was a finalist in the CIBA Goethe Awards and the Foreword Indies Awards. She lives and writes in beautiful Biddeford, Maine.

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