The idea of writing historical fiction sort of blows my mind. I've written historically-inspired short stories and poetry. In fact, my undergrad thesis was a mish-mas of a few different elements:
- an examination of how "history" and "fiction" combine to different degrees in different forums, with fictional dialogue and exposition used increasingly in actual historical texts to convey a depth that facts alone cannot;
- an analysis of women's history in Warsaw in World War II -- women in Poland were much slower than women in say, Poland, to campaign for women's rights, probably in part because they were usually involved in quietly supporting the revolution and preserving their culture through cycles of Russian oppression;
- a short story about a young woman in Poland, her mother dead, father in Auschwitz as a political prisoner, and her brother somewhere in the Polish Army, trying to protect her younger sister and wrestling with her own involvement in the war.
But man, I would like to. I have a lot to say right now in a modern setting, but someday I want to write more in a historical vein. I'm an amateur historian as it is -- it's just a matter of having a story that needs to be told in that setting. And then, of course, reading and reading and reading exhaustively.
What genres do you write, and what genres do you want to write?