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Rebecca D’Harlingue has studied Spanish literature, worked as a hospital administrator, and taught English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. She shares her love of story both with preschoolers at a Head Start program and with the members of the book club she has belonged to for decades. She lives in Oakland, California with he…
 
Today I’m sharing an interview with historical mystery author Lisa Karon Richardson. We talk about the Nosy Parker Mystery Series, inspired by Nancy Drew, as well as other books Lisa has written, her work as a missionary, and what it’s like to write collaboratively with another author. As a special treat, Lisa is giving away a paperback copy of the…
 
Mark Sullivan is the #1 bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Beneath a Scarlet Sky, which has been published in 37 languages and is being developed as a seven-part limited series. His newest book, The Last Green Valley, is releasing May 4. Pictured behind Mark in the photo is the green valley from his novel. On the podcast today, Mark a…
 
Janalyn Voigt fell in love with literature at an early age when her father read chapters from classics as bedtime stories. When Janalyn grew older, she put herself to sleep with tales “written” in her head. Today Janalyn is a storyteller who writes in several genres. Her Montana Gold historical romance series is based on actual historical events. M…
 
Today I’m sharing my conversation with Steve Goble, author of The Spider John Series. In these historical mysteries, Steve combines his love of swords, pirates, and murder to follow a pirate detective on water and land. The latest installment in the series, Pieces of Eight, released March 16. Steve and I talk about pirates, the writing process, the…
 
In this guest episode, author and podcaster Alison Treat interviews Leslie K Barry about her book Newark Minutemen. Note that this is a re-pod from Alison's excellent podcast Historical Fiction: Unpacked. In this interview, author Leslie K. Barry talks Newark Minutemen, and its historical 1938 setting, including the little known history behind the …
 
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, I’m sharing a conversation with Melissa W. Hunter today. Melissa’s debut novel, What She Lost, tells the story of her grandmother, a holocaust survivor. Melissa is a writer and blogger from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her articles have been published on Kveller.com, LiteraryMama.com, Booksbywomen.org, and her short stor…
 
Lisa E. Betz worked as an engineer, substitute teacher, and play director before becoming an award-winning mystery writer. She brings her analytical mind, quirky humor, and positive outlook to all she writes. She draws inspiration from thirty-five years of leading Bible studies to create entertaining mysteries set in the world of the early church, …
 
In honor of Passover, I’m highlighting a piece of Jewish American history today by sharing my conversation with bestselling author and screenplay writer Leslie K. Barry. Leslie’s novel, Newark Minutemen, released last fall. It’s set in 1938. Here’s the description: Millions are out of work and robbed of dignity. A shadow Hitler-Nazi party called th…
 
Chris Mansell is one of Australia’s notable powerhouses in the poetry world. Chris was one of the founders of Five Islands Press and now runs PressPress, an independent publishing house she founded in 2002. Chris has had over a dozen of her own books of poetry published as well as artist books, CDs, a collection of short fiction and even a children…
 
Today I’m sharing my interview with Michelle Ule. Michelle is the bestselling author of multiple novellas and the biographer of Mrs. Oswald (Biddy) Chambers. On the show today, we discuss her recent WWI coming-of-age novel, A Poppy in Remembrance. Purchase A Poppy in Remembrance on Bookshop (affiliate). Purchase A Poppy in Remembrance on Amazon (af…
 
It’s just Alison this week! I wanted to share a solo episode discussing more of my own writing journey and how I landed the contract for my first book, One Traveler. I also answer the famous question I ask every guest: How do you think learning about history through story helps us approach life in the present? Purchase One Traveler from Amazon (aff…
 
Amanda Cabot is a bestselling author of Inspirational Historical Romance. Her latest novel, Dreams Rekindled, released on Tuesday, March 2. It's the second in her Mesquite Springs series and is set right before the Civil War began. I spoke with Amanda back in December, and today I'm sharing our conversation. We talked about the role that newspapers…
 
Jill Eileen Smith is a bestselling and award-winning author of biblical fiction. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill's latest book, Miriam's Song, releases on Tuesday, March 2. In this episode, we talk about her new bo…
 
Today I'm sharing my conversation with bestselling, Christy-award winning Kristy Cambron. Kristy is a vintage-inspired storyteller, writing from the space where art, history, and faith intersect. Her eighth novel, The Paris Dressmaker, released this past Tuesday, February 16.We talked about her new novel, the research process, how she marries art w…
 
Paul Rabinowitz talks to Tinfoil Crowns author Erin Jones about his novella The Clay Urn. They talk about the inspiration for his story, on working with a real situation--the Arab/Isreali conflict--in a fictional context, his evocative setting, his own experiences in the Isreali army, the complexity of war and the impact of that on young people, on…
 
Jennifer Deibel is a Middle school teacher, author, and former Expat to Ireland and Austria. Her debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, released last Tuesday, February 2. I talked to Jennifer about her inspiration for this lyrical historical romance novel, the time Jennifer spent living in Ireland, the ten years it took to write the book, as well as how …
 
Sarah Sundin's latest book, When Twilight Breaks, released this past Tuesday, February 2, 2021. This novel portrays Nazi Germany before WWII, and I absolutely loved it! Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of historical novels, including When Twilight Breaks and the Sunri…
 
I'm back! We're starting the new season with a wonderful conversation with award-winning, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her new novel, The Moonlight School releases on Tuesday, February 2.Here's the book description: In 1911, Cora Wilson Stewart was the first female superintendent of education for an Appalachian county in southeastern Ke…
 
This will be the last episode for a while, as I'm taking a five week break! Don't worry, I'll be back, and better than ever, on January 28.Today I'm sharing a conversation with Laura Frantz. I'm sure you can tell from my enthusiasm that I was super excited to chat with this wonderful author about her upcoming book, Tidewater Bride, which releases J…
 
Starr and I discuss how she got into writing later in life. Her debut novel, For the Love of Emma, released last week, on her 72nd birthday! This time-slip novel was inspired by love letters she found among her mother's possessions after she passed away. We talk about how to write fiction based on real life as well as the importance of having a wri…
 
Listen to my conversation with Award-winning WWII author Linda Thompson. We discuss Linda's debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, as well as her upcoming release of The Mulberry Leaf Whispers on December 15! Linda's novels focus on WWII in the Japanese theater.We talk about the concerning trend of cancel culture and the unfortunate side-effects o…
 
Sharing a quick episode with you. It's just yours truly, sharing my favorite historical fiction books of 2020! Find these books, and others, at my affiliate shop on Bookshop.org. https://bookshop.org/shop/unpackedThe deadline for standard shipping in time for Christmas is December 5!!!Be sure to visit Alison’s Instagram, Facebook, and website. Disc…
 
Listen to Alison's chat with Kimberly Duffy, author of historical fiction, homeschooling momma of four, lover of travel, history, and food. We talk about Kim's debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings, which is set in India, the time Kim spent living and working in India herself, and her special love of this country. We also discuss Kim's path to publication…
 
Last year, S. Daniel Smith released his sequel to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The title of his novella is Saving Ebenezer: The Continuing Saga of a Man Named Scrooge. Dan talks with Alison about the inspiration for this book, his research process, and the importance of finding hope in Jesus, rather than in our own good works.This week only-…
 
Award-winning historical fiction novelist Regina Scott took readerson a journey to the Grand Canyon in A Distance Too Grand, the first book inthe American Wonders Collection. Now Scott returns with a new expedition toYellowstone in Nothing Short of Wondrous.Alison and Regina talk about the American Wonders Collections, the history of our nation's n…
 
Alison talks with Appalachian author Sarah Loudin Thomas about her rich heritage, the miracles that always find a way into her novels, her propensity for storytelling, and the role that deafness plays in her latest book, The Right Kind of Fool, which released November 3. Here's a summary of the new novel:Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed t…
 
Amy Lynn Green is a lifelong lover of books, history, and library cards. She worked in publishing for six years before writing her first historical fiction novel, based on the WWII homefront of Minnesota, the state where she lives, works, and survives long winters.Things We Didn't Say released this past Tuesday, November 3! In this episode, Alison …
 
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award forHistorical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Alison and Jane discuss Jane's latest novel, Something Worth Doing, which tells the story of real-life suffr…
 
Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to herwriting. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethrenimmigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspirationfor her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband,where she enjoys hiking and spendin…
 
Joanna Davidson Politano's latest book, The Love Note, released this past Tuesday! Alison and Joanna discuss the struggle it was to pen this story of a love letter that never reached the intended recipient as well as how Joanna got started as a writer. Spoiler: She had to give up her dream in order to rediscover the joy of writing. This conversatio…
 
Bryan's latest book, The Conqueror, released this past Tuesday, October 13. It's set in the Roman Empire, in AD 312, and as you'll discover in this episode, no author is more qualified to write this novel. He and Alison talk about Bryan's research for this book, what pushed him to write fiction, and the books he's released in the past. Bryan Litfin…
 
In episode seven, Alison talks with Christian Regency romance author Kristi Ann Hunter about her latest book, Vying for the Viscount. We discuss the customs and etiquette of the Regency time period in England, the theme of horses and horse-racing in her new series, and what it means to be a successful author. Here's Kristi's bio: Award-winning auth…
 
The author of Black Rabbit and co-owner of Sappho Books reads from and talks about his latest novel and its quirky characters, about the impact of 2020, about themes and his writing style, the inherent beauty of writing for oneself, the value of small publishers, his work-in-progress, the book he's reading and loving (Janet Frame's An Autobiography…
 
Alison talks with Miralee Ferrell about the history behind her historical novels, as well as following God's unexpected call to become a writer. They also discuss how several of Miralee's books came to be made into movies.Miralee Ferrell is an award-winning, best-selling author of 26 novels in various genres. Her most recent novel, Follow Your Hear…
 
Bryan Davis is known for his science fiction and fantasy novels, but he's also written a historical fantasy entitled Let the Ghosts Speak. Alison talks to him about how he crafted this novel inspired by a dream. They discuss the ghosts of the martyrs that haunt the main character and the importance of the role justice plays in his book.Order Let th…
 
Denise O'Hagan reads from and talks about her new poetry book The Beating Heart. We cover such things as how the book came about, the relationship between memoir, poetry, and meaning making, on the use of sensual stimulus and poetry is everywhere, on time, and the way our pasts are ever present, on the 'heart' of and in the book, on editing for The…
 
This week, Alison talks with award-winning, multi-published author Naomi Musch. They discuss the history surrounding Naomi's books, many of which are set in her home state of Wisconsin during the 1800s. Order Naomi's latest release, The Black Rose (affiliate link).Find out more about Naomi on her Website, Facebook, and BookBub.Also mentioned:Peshti…
 
Alison chats with Mesu Andrews, the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter. They discuss Mesu's latest book, Isaiah's Legacy, and Mesu's love of writing Biblical Fiction, a sub-genre of Historical Fiction. Order Isaiah's Legacy on Amazon (affiliate link).Find out more about Mesu on her website and Facebook.Also mentioned: Chain Breaker b…
 
Alison talks with author Barbara J. Taylor. Her first book, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, was a 2014 Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book/Book of the Week. It was also nominated for a 2014 Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. Barbara's second book, All Waiting Is Long, continued the series in 2016. She's working on the conclusion of the trilogy…
 
In the first episode of "Historical Fiction: Unpacked," Alison chats with bestselling, Christy Award nominated author Roseanna M. White about her latest series, her research process, and why she writes historical fiction. A Portrait of Loyalty, the final installment in The Codebreakers Series, releases Tuesday, September 8. Preorder your copy today…
 
Author, mentor, writing teacher and speaker Lee Kofman reads from about talks about her memoir Imperfect. In this brief but far-reaching conversation, we talk about some of Lee's key themes such as body surface and how it shapes us, the power of creative nonfiction, combining memoir and research and the connection for her, how she chose the people …
 
Who is this podcast for? Who is your host, Alison Treat? How often will episodes release? And what will they be like?Learn the answers to all of these questions in this short trailer episode.LinksMy website: http://alisontreat.comFollow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alisontreat/And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisontreatauthorRo…
 
Nicola Redhouse reads from her book Unlike the Heart and talks about the way her research grew from her own postnatal anxiety to something much bigger, about the relevance of the literary perspective on scientific inquiry, her readership, the genetic links that drive us, on the way in which her book helped her family, her works in progress and lots…
 
Maria Tumarkin reads from her award-winning book Axiomatic and talks about language and accents, the many different representations of time in Axiomatic: horizontal, vertical, chronological, cyclical, and 'real' and how she represents these multiple temporalities, about her characters and their complexities, about memory and the limitations of narr…
 
Sophie Hardcastle reads from her latest and much lauded novel Below Deck. We also talked about many things including her Provost scholarship at Oxford, on being an artist-in-resident with Chimu Adventures in Antarctica, the big themes of Below Deck, including ecology, respect, compassion, and the interconnectedness of all things, the link between v…
 
Following the cancelled Newcastle Writers Festival, Gillian Swain and I decided to launch her new poetry book, My skin its own sky, online. The launch was featured in this year's online Newcastle Writers Festival #NWFSTORIESTOYOU (see video link below). My skin its own sky was published in Dec 2019 by Flying Island Books, and is Gillian's second pu…
 
As the Newcastle Writers Festival had to be cancelled this year due to Coronavirus, we did a virtual launch for Morgan Bell's poetry chapbook Idiomatic, for the people. The session, which we conducted with Zoom, was a lot of fun and after my launch Morgan read and spoke about several of the poems in the collection, as well as how the book came toge…
 
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