Mary F. Burns will read from her latest Sargent/Paget historical mystery–The Love for Three Oranges–on Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 pm in San Francisco, at Bookshop West Portal. Go to the BOOK LIST page to check out the book trailer and order your copy today!
Historical fiction thrills me. It’s where I live, especially when writing it. Many authors will tell you that once you’re really into writing a book, the characters take over–you just write down what they’re telling you. This happens a lot, especially with characters I write about more than once, like John Singer Sargent and Violet Paget. Their lives and thoughts and challenges are so interesting I can’t resist writing their stories!
When I write Biblical fiction, there’s an added layer of Time and Eternity talking to each other–the characters on earth, living their lives, and their interaction with G-d, angels, other spiritual beings. There are windows into Eternity that open up from this time-bound earth we live on, and the glimpses of the eternal verities, seen sometimes in a flash of light in the dark of night, are awe-inspiring.
And finally, there’s Literary fiction. I feel the most “writerly” when I’m creating a story from pure air, people who come from somewhere deep inside me, touched and formed by all the people I’ve met and loved and despised and wondered about throughout my life. Their stories grow organically–I never know how a novel I’m writing is going to end up until I get to the last page.
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