Facts in Fiction

By James Alexander Thom Mark Twain said, “The difference between history and historical fiction is, fiction has to be believable.” That’s funny. But it’s also very true. Why so? Because the reader of history counts on the story being true,...

Comfort, Then and Now

By James Alexander Thom We modern Americans have so many comforts of all kinds that we can hardly imagine what hardships our ancestors endured just to get through their days. That is an important truth that a good historical writer should strive to reveal in the...