Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Links to Historical Fiction Interviews

Here are links to two interviews with writers of historical fiction: Vanora Bennett, author of Portrait of an Unknown Woman and Figures in Silk, and Susan Vreeland, author of The Passion of Artemisia and the recently-released Clara and Mr. Tiffany.

It's always interesting to hear other writers talk about their lives, inspiration and works. I especially appreciate Ms. Vreeland's comments on the link between imaginative fiction and compassion:

"Each time we enter imaginatively into the life of another, it is a small step upwards in the elevation of mankind. When there is no imagination of others' lives, there is no human connection. Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that."

I'm very much looking forward to hearing Ms. Vreeland speak as a special guest at the Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego this June.


Sarah Johnson said...

Thanks for linking to both of these! I'm looking forward to reading Vreeland's novel, and to hearing her speak as well.

Julianne Douglas said...

You're welcome! I'm hoping to get Passion of Artemisia read before the conference.