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Stories Never to be Forgotten: Alison Weir on Historical Fiction

Editor's Note: Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth and several historical biographies, including Mistress of the Monarchy, Queen Isabella, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and The Life of Elizabeth I. She is most recently...(READ MORE)

Patricia Bracewell on the Right Way to Research a Queen

Patricia Bracewell is the author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood, the first two books in a trilogy fictionalizing the life of Emma of Normandy, the twice-crowned, 11th-century Queen of England. Below she gives us a glimpse into the adventure of researching Emma’s life and experiences across...(READ MORE)

Write Start: Quan Barry on Crafting a Story ‘In Media Res’

Editor's Note: Quan Barry is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of four poetry books. Her most recent book is She Weeps Each Time You're Born. For Biographile's Write Start series, in which authors share advice about how to get that first word down, Quan...(READ MORE)