Category Archives: Backstory

Writing Historical Fiction (it ain’t easy).

I am still working on The Jigonsaseh, a novel set in 17th century New York and New France. What I’m finding is that I can’t take anything for granted. For example, I have a scene in which Governor Denonville of … Continue reading

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The National Post’s Afterword: Peggy Blair on Gorky Park

Hot off the online presses, here is an article I wrote for the National Post’s Afterword, and its regular feature: Old Book, New Author. It was published today. You can find it and other great articles by other authors, here: … Continue reading

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Teasing out backstory

Some writers work out an entire backstory for their characters before they even start writing. (They usually develop plot outlines, too, and have the amazing capacity to write a book in one or two drafts, since they’ve spent so much time … Continue reading

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