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How to Write Historical Mysteries

If you love to immerse yourself in times gone by, but you also like a nice, tight plot, then perhaps historical mysteries are the genre for you. For the most part, writing historicals is the same as writing any other kind of mystery. But there are a few special challenges to consider. In this presentation, we’ll talk about choosing your time and place — the crucial foundation for your series. How much research is enough? How do you share all the cool stuff you’ve learned? Are people of the past really “just like us?” Bring your questions and join in the discussion of this popular sub-genre.

Anna Castle writes the Francis Bacon mystery series and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series. She has earned a series of degrees — BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Linguistics. Writing fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. She physically resides in Austin, Texas and mentally counts herself a queen of infinite space. Find out more at

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