When I was a kid, I loved reading historical novels. I still do.
One of my favorite authors is James Alexander Thom. He writes from the point of view of colonists, settlers, and explorers and of the Native Americans they pushed farther and farther west. Like me, he worked as a journalist for years and bases his fiction on facts.
Nonfiction writers, and readers, turn to fiction to go beyond facts and give an understanding of the people and the time. Besides, nothing commands attention like a good story. Mr. Thom says that “the most effective storytelling concept is this: Once upon a time it was now.”
Good historical fiction transports you to the past and enables you to live there.