I'm thrilled to host a Q&A with another author and 2013 Historical Novel Society Conference Panelist, Kristina Makansi, today on my blog.
Kristina will participate in the conference as a panelist during the PUBLISHING MODELS: INDIE PRESSES AND SELF-PUBLISHING PATHWAYS session on Sunday, June 23 at 9:30 am.
She is also publisher at two firms, Blank Slate Press and Treehouse Publishing Group.
For you, what is the line between fiction and fact?
In the historical fiction I’ve written and the work I’ve published through my press, I am persnickety about getting the details of the period right—food, clothing, travel, speech, etc.—while giving much more latitude to the things characters do, especially if the characters are not based on a historical person.
While societies have evolved over time, our primary human emotions and motivations have remained the same. Love, hate, joy, sorrow, altruism and selfishness, forgiveness, revenge—all the things that motivate us as individuals and groups today were just as present and powerful in the past.
I often think we put too much distance between ourselves and our ancestors, that we believe somehow that we are completely different animals living completely different sorts of lives.
Someone once told me that a description of a room in my novel sounded strange because I had a character reclining on a couch on a porch in 340 BCE Greece. “Surely they didn’t have couches and porches then, did they?” they protested. Well….
Is there an era/area that is your favorite to write about? How about to read?
As a writer, I’m interested in the ancient world, particularly Ancient Greece and the Greco-Roman world. As a publisher, I’ve been working with Steve Wiegenstein, a wonderful author who writes about American History and the Civil War era. As a reader, I think I must have read historical fiction representing every period in human history.
What are your favorite reads? Favorite movies? Dominating influences?
I have enjoyed works from Ruth Downie, Bruce Macbain, Robert Harris and Gary Corby. Casablanca is one of my favorite movies and travel is one of my primary influences. When I visit a locale, I can’t help but imagine the people who lived there in the past and what their lives must have been like.
To learn more about Kristina's book visitwww.kristinamakansi.com