Literary License

Roger has good insight on Literary License.

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The interview with Roger Hooverman introduced the topic of literary license. Roger was kind enough to respond to a follow up question.

Do you have a difficult time staying true to the family stories? Aren’t you tempted to exercise your literary license to further develop the person or plot?

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When you write historical fiction, as opposed to narrative history, you have to go beyond the known facts and create detailed scenes and dialog that probably did not happen in the real world. Keep in mind, the people in my stories are not real people: they are fictional characters. But I need to make them as much like the real people as I can. Otherwise it won’t seem realistic when they do what the real people did.

As a writer I learned early on that you can create characters and plan how a scene should go; but then when you…

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