Using Historical Events to Create Fiction

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

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.

ResurrectionOfHopeCoverArtFor 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.

Resurrection of Hope

By Tamera Lynn Kraft

She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

You can buy this on Amazon.

New Novel Cover Reveal

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

My new novel, Alice’s Notions, is due for release in April. Here, revealed for the first time, is the novel cover.

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Alice’s Notions

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.

In this cozy Cold War spy thriller, World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop.

She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons.

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.

Resurrection of Hope – A Hopeful Romance

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

resurrectionofhopecoverartResurrection of Hope by Tamera Lynn Kraft is a story about two hurting people who find hope in love. That hope doesn’t only come from finding someone who will love them. It comes from finding hope that God loves them. Because of that hope, they can learn to trust love given to them by someone else. God’s love weaved in a story about two people learning how to show love to each other is the best romance of all.

She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

Some Reviews of Resurrection of Hope:

“When there is heartbreak, we lose hope. When Vivian’s fiance, James, is killed in the war, Vivian feels as though God has turned His back on her. She has given up and no longer sees why she should keep on living.

Henry comes to Vivian’s rescue. Before James died, he made Henry promise he will take care of her. Even though it would be a marriage of convenience, deep down Henry has always loved Vivian.

In this sweet story, miscommunication and misunderstanding stands in the way of two people, confused about their roles. Henry is afraid to show Vivian his true feelings. Vivian begins to love Henry, but feels rejection by his cool demeanor. It takes hardship and turmoil to help them see what is really important in life.

Tamera Kraft wove a gentle story reflecting so many things that many couples battle. Husbands and wives bring old heartaches and wounds into marriage. But when placing their trust in the Lord, time and love helps them to heal. Resurrection of Hope is a lovely story that captures the heart of hope and forgiveness.”  — Jocelyn


“This is the first I have read by this author and I certainly look forward to reading more by her. This is a wonderful combination of romance, faith and historical fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed following Vivian and Henry’s story to see if their relationship could develop from a marriage of convenience into love. It is a also a beautiful story of hope and second chances. I definitely recommend this one to the reader who enjoys good Christian historical romance. — Ann Ellison


“The message of hope for two wounded people is beautifully told in this novella set in post WWI Ohio. Vivian and Henry both have pasts that causes them to pull back from intimacy. For Henry this extends to everyone, not just his wife. Flawed as these characters are, they keep trying to trust God and listen for his direction. But just as they are about to give up on each other, tragedy hits and they finally hear God’s voice. An uplifting story that I highly recommend.” — Cindy Thomson

Easter Fiction – Resurrection of Hope

Easter is only two months away, and there is nothing better at Easter time than to curl up with a good book with an Easter theme. Biblical fiction is a good choice including 30 AD and 33 AD by Ted Decker or a classic Biblical fiction novel like The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. Fiction that is not Biblical set at Easter time with an redemptive theme is a bit harder to find. Resurrection of Hope by Tamera Lynn Kraft is a historical redemptive romance set around Easter in 1919 through 1920, a period of American history where the story of hope found in Scripture was sorely needed.

resurrectionofhopecoverartResurrection of Hope

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

 

Moving Forward!

by Carole Brown

Alrebook-freeady, almost a month has past in this new year 2017. Writers, have you advanced in your writing? Have you kept to resolves you made in your New Year’s plans for your writing journey? Have you…advanced?

Here were some of my writing plans for 2017 and how much I’ve progressed (accountability, you know. Smile):

  • Finish writing, editing and preparing for the delayed-from-last-year publication of the second book in my WWII series (A Flute in the Willows). With several obstacles that kept the publication from happening, I’m certainly looking forward to this. So far, I’ve increased the words, edited at least two times the already written words, and preparing to move ahead toward my goal. 
  • I’ve tentatively planned to finish three more books this year (not novellas). Although I’m not holding my breath on this one, if I can obtain at least the publication of a second one, I will be farther up the road than now. So…, as of today, I’ve plotted (lightly) the events in both of my newer series books (the third book in the Denton and Alex Davies series: Daffy’s Duck and the fourth book in my Appleton, WV series: Toby’s Troubles). 
  • Thirdly, I have a standalone book set in the mid-to-late 1800s, a light mystery filled with lots of romance, that I’d love to see published soon. The title is Caleb’s Destiny, and is already from a third-to half done. We’ll see about this as the months pass. 

RECAPPING:Working

  1.  Finish writing and editing A Flute in the Willows, WWII 
  2. Complete and edit either or both Daffy’s Duck and Toby’s Troubles
  3. If time permits, move on and complete Caleb’s Destiny

I’ve got my work cut out for me! 🙂

What’s your specific writing plans this year?

 

The Adventures of Chipper!

by Carole Brown

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If you’re old enough, you’ve read/seen about Dennis the Menace. Nowadays there’s all kinds of books with characters that entertain.

But have you read about CHIPPER?

He’s a fairly new “KID” on the block, and the eight books (so far) in this series are filled with tons of adventures for kids. There are quiet lessons for children to identify with and learn from too: 

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  • the results of childish rebellions,
  • facing up to bullies,
  • knowing when to say no to taunts and dares,
  • being brave when you’re scared,  
  • being loyal and helpful to your friends
  • and even a mystery!

Discussion questions and scripture verses for parents and children to enjoy are in the back of the book. 

Check out Dan Brown’s The Adventures of Chipper Books here: Amazon

Oh, yeah, on Thursday (this week) enjoy the interview with Dan Brown and find out why he’s writing these charming books...

Happy Reading!

Reviews: Are They Really Gold?

by Carole Brown

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Reasons to HUG (Review) for authors:

*  If an author has 50 or more reviews, Amazon will list his/her book in its newsletters and other promotions. (Nice!)

* Reviews encourage an author to write more books and their publisher to publish more of this author’s books!

* Reviewing for an author takes little time. They don’t have to be elaborate or fancy. They can be short and to the point. 

* Reviews say it better than anything, “I love you and your book. Give us more!” 

Gold? Oh, yes. For authors. That’s a definite YES! Smiles.

Hog Insane

Looking for some new reads during these winter months? Check out:

The Adventures of the RV-traveling amateur mystery sleuths: Denton and Alex Davies. His dry humor and sarcastic thoughts and her adventurous and smart attitude will draw you into each Book Cover Centered-smallmystery they stumble (?) into!

 

 

  • Hog Insane (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with pigs! Lol)
  • Bat Crazy (and, yes, they run into bats–of a sort! 🙂 )

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Have a wintry, but warm and cozy day!