The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b - Interview with Caren Werlinger
A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.
In this episode we talk about
- The approach of framing a historic story within a modern character’s interaction with that story. The uses of parallel lives to create reader connection.
- How Caren used dreams and book inscriptions as a way of connecting the present with the past. How present lives can heal past wounds.
- Historic fiction as a way of bringing the past to life and giving women the adventures and stories they’re denied in history books.
- The challenge of researching the small details.
- Using 8th century Ireland as a setting for fantasy adventure. What makes a specific historic context an inviting place for fantastic stories? The “what if” factor. How does history constrain the invention?
- Favourite research sources for early Ireland:
- Irish folklore and myth
- Internet searches for the flora and fauna of 8th century Ireland
- Miserere by Caren Werlinger (Corgyn Publishing, 2014)
- Neither Present Time by Caren Werlinger (Corgyn Publishing, 2013)
- The Frontiersmen by Allan W. Eckert (2001)
- Patience and Sarah by Isabell Miller. 1969.
- The Chronicles of Caymin 3 volumes beginning with Rising from the Ashes by Caren Werlinger (Corgyn Publishing, 2016)
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