Writing Historical Novels with author Suzanne Adair

I had a fantastic conversation about the craft of writing and building your characters in a historical context with Suzanne.

Award-winning novelist, Suzanne Adair – is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family.

Where to find Suzanne on the web:

Her blog: http://suzanneadair.typepad.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suzanne.Adair.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Suzanne_Adair
Suzanne’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Suzanne-Adair/e/B003WH8Q36/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1188958.Suzanne_Adair

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Two great podcast shows I did with Suzanne before:

7/16/2011 Interview with writer Suzanne Adair
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/johnrakestraw/2011/07/16/interview-with-writer-suzanne-adair

10/22/2011 My Second Interview with writer Suzanne Adair
http://unbridlededitor.com/platform/audio_blog/suzanne_adair_tbp.mp3

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John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.

What was the moment(s) before we meet them?

As you set out to develop a character within a your story, there are a 1001 things you must do to give life to this new being. I feel one of the greatest discoveries is the “moment before”… this is one of the most important questions you can ask of your characters, and it helps to set the emotional tone for your character at the moment just before they walk into our lives.

What was going on just before we met them?

Well, the “moment before” is exactly what it sounds like… it’s what your character was doing or thinking immediately before they enter the that moment and become apart of the story. This questions does not only answer what your character was doing physically, but also how it will be reacting and carrying himself emotionally.

How to Discover

Uncovering the “moment before” can be accomplished through several means. The first, is to rely on the story’s plot and thought of action to help give you guidelines for what your characters was doing, thinking and caring about.

If the our story doesn’t indicate what your characters were physically doing before that moment scene, than they have no life to spring from. Think about the 1001 possibilities that your character would and could have been living. Answering these questions will help you cultivate the “moment before.”


John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.

First Person — Continued

When you’re writing in first person, there are some things you definitely need to avoid. Like what? Well, that’s just silly, I thought to myself. Duh. Who else are you going to think to? Unless your character can communicate telepathically…

What are we fighting for, what’s the conflict

John Rakestraw, The Story Spinner.

For the characters in our writing… they must rise to the challenge to reach the end (the grand goal). For our readership, it’s living each emotion, running right along with the characters, facing their fears and rejoicing with them all the way to the story’s end.

In this wonderful world there are those who can make you think, those that make you wonder and those that take you beyond their imagination into yours…


John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.

Outlining your book… It could make all the difference!

+Patti Larsen has a way of making you feel at home when she talks. Join me and my merry band of wonderful minds as we tackling the craft of writing a book. it can feel like an overwhelming prospect, where do we even start?

First… you want to know what you’re writing about.
Second… you do this best by generating an outline of your book.

Some of us writers… hate outlines (I was once in your camp.) Other writers live by them. I hope that we can help you discover where this process just might make your writing easier and faster.

If you were like me and approach book writing from a completely disorganized and impractical state of mind… Well, outlining could promote a logical approach and it leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Where to find Patti on the web:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpattilarsen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PattiLarsen
Blog: http://www.pattilarsen.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Patti-Larsen/e/B005H8I3KO


John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.

Editing Before the Editor Gets It

I just read a terrific post on one of my favorite blogs… Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds. It was about the editing (revising) an author must do before the book gets sent for editing. If you don’t do this step, you…