215: Fact vs. Fiction in Historical Novels – Interview with Rebecca Behrens
Hey there word nerds!
Today I am so excited to have Rebecca Behrens on the show!
Rebecca is not only a fabulous middle grade author but also a dear friend. In fact, we live directly across the street from each other here in New York City, and we were part of the same “Write Nite Ladies” kidlit writing group for years.
Rebecca is the author of the middle grade historical fiction novels When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and most recently The Last Grand Adventure. All of her books have garnered high praise from sources like Kirkus, BookPage, and School Library Journal, and some of her favorite things include: the beach, history, running, doughnuts, and laughing.
So listen in as we chat about Rebecca’s newest middle grade novel, and how to blend fact and fiction together when writing historical novels for young readers.
In this episode Rebecca and I discuss:
- Weaving a famous historical figure into your fiction the right way.
- How to work around legal red flags when writing historical fiction.
- Crafting supporting characters in a road trip story.
- The importance of representing real people accurately in your novel.
- How to use your setting to develop your main character’s arc.
Plus, Rebecca’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/215