I explained in an earlier post what the Writers’ Blog Tour is about. Basically, writers answer the same four questions:
- Why do I write what I do?
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from other work in its genre?
- How does my writing process work?
I’ve answered the first and second questions this week, and so, for today, here’s the third:
How does my work differ from other work in its genre?
This is an interesting question.
In one respect I am clearly different from my fellow historical fiction writers: I’m slow. But that isn’t the thrust of the question.
I aspire to write literary historical fiction, simply because that’s what I love best to read, but I’m also committed to writing fiction that’s accessible and compelling. (I hope.) My “voice” is perhaps more simple than that of most writers of historical fiction. I’m a fan of plain speaking and try to pare my work down. I’d like to be witty, but I don’t have that kind of brain. I think that my novels are just a little comic, and I tend to go light on political and military history. I am much more interested in daily life, specifically the lives of women.
The next and last question on the Tour is a big one: How does my writing process work?
Once up, I’ll hand the baton to Lauren B. Davis (author of Our Daily Bread and The Empty Room, for starters) and Catherine McKenzie (author of Forgotten, Hidden, and Spin).
I’m enjoying this Tour.