As you may know, I am a founding member of SLuGs (Sarasota Literary Guild). So I am pleased to announce that SLuGs member, Janet Heijens, will have her début novel, "Wrongful Conviction - A Jean Jankowski Mystery" released September 5, 2015. It is being published by Five Star Mysteries, a division of Gale Publishing. I cannot recommend this book … Continue reading Wrongful Conviction
Roger has good insight on Literary License.
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?
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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Roger is a founding member of Slugs, the writers’ critique group that I belong to. Check out their site at http://literaryslugs.wordpress.com.
Debbie Amsbaugh from Charlie, Mackenzie & Associates had the opportunity to pose questions to Sarasota writer, Roger Hooverman. Roger has published a work of historical fiction based on his family history and has edited and published his mother’s oral history. In addition he has published several short stories on the web. He is a founding member of SLuGs, writers’ critique group in Venice, Florida.
Have you always been a writer? If no, what prompted you to start writing?
- Actually, I never tried writing seriously – that is, for publication – until I retired in 2006. I’ve always liked reading and writing – even as a child I wrote stories and poems, and I took creative writing classes in high school and college. But I chose college teaching as a career, and when it came time for a career change in midlife, I ended up as a computer programmer…
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