Michael Oren: On the Joys of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Award-winning author Michael Oren discusses the surprises in writing his new historical fiction novel, Swann’s War.
Adam Hochschild: On Unlearned History Repeating Itself
Award-winning author Adam Hochschild discusses the surprising things he learned in writing his new historical nonfiction book, American Midnight.
9 Ways To Insert Your Own Voice and Style Into Research-Based Nonfiction Writing
After years of journalist writing, author Lucy Ward had to relearn how to incorporate her own voice when it came to writing her nonfiction book. Here, she shares 9 ways to insert your own voice and style into research-based nonfiction.
The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects
Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.
Tom Clavin: On the Voyage of Writing Historical Nonfiction
Bestselling nonfiction writer Tom Clavin discusses the bittersweet experience of publishing his newest co-authored book, To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth.
Writing to End Stigmas Associated With Mental Illness and Disorders
Writer and editor Liisa Jorgensen tackles destigmatizing mental illness through her research in writing her nonfiction book, Far Side of the Moon.
Liisa Jorgensen: On Inspiring and Challenging Readers
Writer and editor Liisa Jorgensen discusses tackling a new perspective in her new nonfiction book, Far Side of the Moon.
Jennifer Boresz Engelking: On Giving Readers a New Appreciation of History
Debut author Jennifer Boresz Engelking discusses what led her to write her historical nonfiction book Hidden History of Lake County Ohio and how research gave her a new appreciation for her hometown.
Peter Vronsky: When History Is More Bizarre Than Fiction
Historical nonfiction author Peter Vronsky shares what surprises him about writing true crime books and how he negotiates titles with his publisher.
Ken Quattro: Researching and Writing About Overlooked Comics History
Comic historian and author Ken Quattro shares what inspired his nonfiction title Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, why journalism training influences his research process, how writers can stretch their writing muscles, and so much more.
Francesca Beauman: Falling in Love With the History of Personal Ads and Dating in America
Francesca Beauman shares what inspired her most recent history title (Matrimony, Inc.), what section of the newspaper she always turned to first, why writers need to love their subject, and more!
Robert L. Richardson: A Story Worth Sharing
While researching another book, Robert L. Richardson came across a story worth sharing from a pilot who will turn 100 later this year that became his latest title, Spying From the Sky: At the Controls of U.S. Cold War Aerial Intelligence from Casemate Publishers.
Jaime Breitnauer: Writing About the Spanish Flu Epidemic and Its Influence on History
Author spotlights (like this one with Jaime Breitnauer, author of The Spanish Flu Epidemic and Its Influence on History from Pen and Sword) are a great way to learn how authors are finding success writing and publishing their books.
How to Select the Best Topic for Historical Nonfiction—and How to Pitch It
When considering the best topic for a work of historical nonfiction, you must consider your reasearch, your target audience, and what you seek to accomplish. Author Cory Taylor discusses what goes into this process, and how to pitch the work once it's complete.