How to Research Historical Fiction with Award-Winning Author Patrick Hicks
Award-winning author, poet, and Emmy-nominee, Patrick Hicks, joined me this week to talk about his unique research process, how stories choose their authors, and how to talk about The Holocaust.
"Whatever scares you to write... that's what you should be writing." – Patrick Hicks
Patrick is the award-winning author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, This London, and the critically acclaimed novel, The Commandant of Lubizec.
He is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada University.
He has been published widely in literary journals including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, The Utne Reader, and many others. His poetry has appeared on NPR, The PBS NewsHour, and American Life in Poetry.
The Emmy-nominated writer also hosts a weekly radio broadcast Poetry from Studio 47 that airs on NPR affiliates.
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In this file Patrick Hicks and I discussed:
- A roadmap to making a living as a writer
- How he used grants to fund the research for his latest novel
- Note-taking and travel for historically accurate writing
- What it's like to get blurbed by your heroes
- The circularity and universality of the human condition across eras
- Why great writing should always be your end goal
- And more!
- In The Shadow of Dora by Patrick Hicks (Amazon)
- Ulysses by James Joyce (Amazon)
- Poetry from Studio 47
- How Grant Money Funded the Research and Writing of My First Two Novels (and how it could help you too)
- A prized poet, Hicks nominated for an Emmy
- Patrick Hicks on Facebook
- Kelton Reid on Twitter