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Fiction focus: Truth or dare

Making things up is a novelist’s job, but writers of historical fiction need to make it credible for their readers, says

Did it really happen?

As a historical novelist, I’ve been asked that question several times, and quite often the answer is no: I made a lot of it up.

A novelist is supposed to tell the truth about the human condition. But, when it comes to telling the truth about historical events, should the author be under oath? I’d say it depends on what kind of historical novel the author wants to write. I’d add that provided you can make your reader believe while this reader is actually reading, and if you can make everything sound authentic, and if you don’t disgust your reader by letting this reader assume you got something wrong because you were just plain ignorant, you can say anything you like.

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