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Bookish Question #122 | When does a contemporary novel become historical fiction?

When does a contemporary novel become a historical?

When do you think a contemporary novel becomes historical fiction (or vice versa)? This question came up in a Facebook group recently. An author wanted to know if a novel set in 1979 would be classified as contemporary or historical. That got me thinking … and searching. Who gets to decide whether a novel is …

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Bookish Question #121 | What’s your favourite point of view?

What’s your favourite point of view? First person, third person, or doesn’t point of view matter to you? Let’s start with a couple of definitions: First person point of view is when the story is narrated by the viewpoint character, and uses the “I” personal pronoun. For example, here’s the opening of Belinda Blake and …

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Bookish Question #116 | What’s one thing you’d like to see more of in Christian fiction?

What's one thing you'd like to see more of in Christian fiction? Why?

Jesus. You’d think that Jesus Christ would be a central feature of a genre called “Christian fiction”. Yet he’s not. An increasing number of Christian fiction publishers are owned by multinational media corporations, so they have no moral or religious compunction to ensure that “Christian fiction” actually shares Jesus Christ. As a result, I’ve seen …

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Bookish Question #114 | Flashbacks in fiction—do you love them or loathe them?

Flashbacks in fiction—do you love them or loathe them?

Yes. Both. Sometimes I love flashbacks in fiction. And sometimes I loathe them. I love flashbacks when they are done well—when there is a scene from the character’s history that explains why they’re making the (often stupid) decisions they’re making today. Or a scene that explains the predicament they’re in today, and how they got …

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