"Historical fantasy is a category of fantasy and genre of historical fiction that incorporates fantastic elements (such as magic) into the narrative." – Wikipedia
|Dracula was inspired by the real life Vlad the Impaler|
Historical Fantasy is a broad genre that includes everything from steampunk to a good old fashioned Arthurian legend. One of my favourite books, Dracula is one example of historical fantasy, in which real historical facts are embellished with fantastical elements.
The Viscount's Son is a work of, what I would call, paranormal historical fantasy. It includes translations from a sixteenth century diary. Like Dracula, there are elements of historical truths, but as the author, I embellished certain dark, vampiric aspects of the history.
|Certain dark vampiric elements are embellished in my historical fiction, The Viscount's Son|
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|The tricky bit is capturing a 'real' historical voice|
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What I loved most about writing The Viscount's Son, was the challenge of getting the right voice for the sixteenth century diary. Nathaniel, the author of the diary, was a Viscount's bastard and the captain of his father's war band. But achieving an authentic voice for the era was both the most difficult and rewarding aspect of writing the novella.
From the diary:
How far back do I dare take you?