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Rebecca Mascull interviewed by fellow Hodder author Martine Bailey

Posted on: 23/05/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, author interview, debut novel, historical fiction, Martine Bailey, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors, writing

In the second half of this week’s posts on our authors interviewing each other, here are Rebecca Mascull’s answers to Martine Bailey’s questions about her debut novel, THE VISITORS. 1. Tell me about your Great Great Aunt Adeliza. How did family history inspire you? When I was writing THE VISITORS, I decided to use hop farming as the profession of my main character’s father. I then discovered that there was a hop-farming connection in my family’s past. Some maternal relatives –…

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“Reading Historical Novels” – The first in a series of articles by Rebecca Mascull

Posted on: 30/04/2014 with tags: author blog, Booker Prize, historical novels, Margaret Atwood, reading, Rebecca Mascull, The Blind Assassin, The Visitors, writing

THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood   Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge. The bridge was being repaired: she went right through the Danger sign. The car fell a hundred feet into the ravine, smashing through the treetops feathery with new leaves, then burst into flames and rolled down into the shallow creek at the bottom. Chunks of the bridge fell on top of it. Nothing much was left of her but charred smithereens.    I was informed of the accident by a police…

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How to research an historical novel – by Rebecca Mascull

Posted on: 20/02/2014 with tags: debut author, debut novel, historical fiction, historical novel, historical research, Kent, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors, writing

THE VISITORS is not the first historical novel I have written. I practised the craft by spending three years writing a World War II drama set in both London and Poland, which sadly did not find a publisher (yet who knows, perhaps one day I might resurrect it …). That was the first piece of historical fiction I had attempted and, my word, what a huge learning curve it was. I learnt by doing, by trial and error, accident and inspiration. I found out what worked for me, what took too long an…

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