Saturday, March 26, 2011

Writing Tips from Children’s Author Suzanne Lieurance

Thank for you joining me here today for Day 4 of my 6-day virtual tour for my new middle grade historical novel, The Locket: Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Today I'd like to offer some writing tips when it comes to writing historical fiction.

Bringing The Past to Life: Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

The most important thing when writing historical fiction is the research. If you don't have plenty of accurate information it will be next to impossible to create a fictional character from this time and place come alive for readers. Try to find as many primary resources as possible. Primary resources include quotes from people who actually lived through the time and/or event you're using as the basic for your fictional story. You can find these kinds of quotes from old letters, journals, and diaries.

Next, when writing historical fiction, try to create a main character readers will care about so they'll want to read your story to find out what happens to this person.

For more tips for writing historical fiction, listen to this short audio:

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Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hi, Mayra,

Thank you for hosting Day 4 of the 6-day virtual tour for my book The Locket, Surviving the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of this tragic fire. I talked about this with Donna McDine yesterday on Book Bites for Kids. The replay is available at

I'll check back here later to see if anyone has any questions for me.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Suzanne Lieurance

Donna M. McDine said...


Immersing yourself into the time period is definitely essential. I'm finding myself increasingly drawn to historical fiction and enjoy finding facts that I never knew before.

Best wishes,

Margot Finke said...

Great tips on the audio, Suzanne. You ROCK mate!!

Margot's Magic Carpet - all 11 books on one page.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Such an interesting post! Great tips here. Thank you.

Mayra Calvani said...

It was great having you on my blog, Suzanne! Thanks!

terri.forehand said...

Always something to learn from Suzanne, great tips.