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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Guerrilla Season Podcast - How do you research a historical novel?

Take a listen to Guerrilla Season author Pat Hughes describe how see did the research for this historical novel. It isnt' as easy as just sitting down and writing - she used e-Bay, riding lessons and the Internet to make this novel historically correct. This audio file is a mini-podcast that you can listen to through the internet but clicking on the link below or you can right click on the link below and then save it to your computer and move it over to a portable MP3 player. This file is 10:35 minutes long.

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Direct link to listen to Pat Hughes describe the process of researching a historical novel - MP3 file - 10:35 minutes in length


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed hearing about your research for the book. Sometimes I think teachers make students think research has to be a boring process, but you have shown us how interesting and even exciting research can be. Thanks!


7:52 PM  
Anonymous Pat Hughes said...

Thanks, Nancy! When I go on school visits I always tell kids "when I say 'research' you probably go ... " (loud snore). But it's true, to me research is one of the best things about writing historical fiction. Finding out how people in other times lived their lives fascinates me - and putting it all together through the methods I described in the podcast is like fitting the pieces into a jigsaw puzzle.


8:29 PM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

What inspired you to start writing a book about the Civil War? Did you choose the plot to be around Missouri because of our neutral standing in the Civil War? Why did you choose to put the plot around Liberty, will I find out later in the book, or is it just somewhere you like?


2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is being moved to the "Ask Pat" portion of the blog, and will be answered there.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering what attracted you to missouri, and not like georgia, virgina or even your home town? and also will the whole story take place in just missouri and or other nieghboring states.

4:25 PM  

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