Tamara Lynn Kraft –Using Historical Events to Create Fiction
This week I’m excited to host Tamara Lynn Kraft as she talks about one of my favorite subjects: history. Be sure to read through her post as she is giving away a free e-copy of her latest book, Resurrection of Hope.
I am sometimes asked why I write historical fiction. I usually answer that I find so many stories in history. Many times, reading about historical events will get my creative juices flowing when I think about the lives and stories of people who lived during these times.
For instance, Resurrection of Hope, my novella that has just been released, the historical backdrop of the time helped me create the characters and the events in the story.
At the beginning of the story, Vivian is depressed. In the last year, her fiancé died in the Great War (World War I), her family died of influenza, and she was evicted from her family farm because of gambling debts of her alcohol father. This would be enough to depress anyone, but many post WWI families were going through the same turmoil during 1919.
The Great War had just ended, and many men had died in Europe. At the same time, over twenty million people had died from the great influenza pandemic. There were very few families that hadn’t suffered loss from one of these events. Some families were completely wiped out. Another tragedy of the period was the rise of alcoholism and gambling addiction during the early years of the 20th century. A number of men lost everything and left their families destitute. That was one of the major reasons for prohibition.
Henry, the male main character in the story, had been a doughboy in World War I. He had just returned from the war with all the baggage that came with fighting warfare in the trenches. Many of the problems he had with Vivian stemmed from his experiences fighting and losing his best friend in the war. The stoic tough guy image most men tried to live up to during that period of time made things worse.
Another event I used in Resurrection of Hope was a tornado. In 1920 on Palm Sunday, one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history swept across the Midwest. People in Indiana and Western Ohio were most affected.
Every story I write starts with reading about the events in history and imagining people’s lives during that time. I’ve read historical fiction that could have taken place in any time period, but the writer loses an opportunity to make the stories of history come alive. Every good historical uses history, not just as a setting, but as a main character in the story.
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 37 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. You can purchase her latest novella, Resurrection of Hope at most online stores including Desert Breeze. Join Tamera on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net, her blog at http://tameralynnkraft.com, Facebook http://facebook.com/tameralynnkraft or Twitter http://twitter.com/tamerakraft.
Tamera is giving away an e-Book version of Resurrection of Hope to one person who comments answering the following question: What period of history do you love reading about?