I am so excited because our guest post is from Kate Motaung this week. She shares about her favorite genre: historical fiction and why it is so inspiring to her.
Why I Have Grown to Love Historical Fiction
by Kate Motaung
Confession: I’m not a history lover. I’m terrible with remembering dates and details and who fits where.
I don’t love history, but I’ve grown to love historical fiction.
Why? It makes history come alive. It picks me up and plonks me down in the middle of a different era, and gives me eyes to see.
Rather than viewing historical events as an outsider looking in, historical fiction invites me to step into the scene and become part of it. It paints color into an otherwise black and white page.
Writers of historical fiction hold tremendous power. They possess the ability to carry me back in time and make the past come alive. The otherwise flat records are rounded out and given new dimension with the portrayal of warring emotions, complex conflicts and imperfect resolutions.
Best of all, historical fiction helps me remember. It sews details together and wraps me in the finished garment.
As a homeschooler, I love the way historical fiction draws my kids in. They learn so much and refer back to books time and time again as reference points relating to certain historical periods and events.
I’m so grateful to the authors who work so hard to research and animate history for the benefit of readers like me.
To read the rest of her great post along with her list of must read historical fiction book head on over to her blog now!
Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and has contributed to several other online publications. She blogs at Heading Home and can be found on Twitter @k8motaung or on Facebook.
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