How to Add a Touch of Mystery to Your Historical Fiction--Whether or Not You're Writing a Mystery
Mystery--as the main plot, subplot, or even a subtler plot point--adds page-turning depth and intrigue to any historical fiction. But how can a writer smoothly blend the elements of mystery and history in a work of fiction? This session gives the why, how, and when to successfully building mystery and suspense techniques into your historical fiction.
Sharon Short is the author of fifteen published books--three mystery series, a stand-alone historical novel, and a collection of humor columns. Her stand-alone historical novel, "My One Square Inch of Alaska," won several awards as did her screenplay adaptation. Most recently, she writes the Kinship Historical Mysteries (under the pen name Jess Montgomery), set in 1920s Appalachian Ohio and inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff. Short also writes the “Level Up Your Writing (Life)” column for Writer’s Digest and teaches for Writer’s Digest University. She was formerly a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News. She is a three-time recipient of the Individual Excellence Award in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council, a two-time recipient of the Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District (MCAD) Artist Opportunity Grant, and has been a John E. Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House (Columbus, Ohio).