Author Sandra Dallas is known for her beautiful tales of historical fiction. In Dallas' latest novel, this month's The Bride's House, she follows the story of three generations of woman who live and love in their family home in Georgetown, Colorado between the 1880s and modern times. Get an insider look at these three determined women as the author chats about what makes her historical heroines so special in this guest blog post.
There is this temptation among some writers of historical fiction to dress today’s women in long skirts and call them authentic. Although their book may be set in the mid-19th century, their characters are lawyers and doctors and newspaper owners. The women confront men, defend minorities, work to save the environment, and in general, are terrific role models. Only they’re not very accurate. It’s what I call the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Syndrome.
I believe that characters have to be products of their own times, or at least, those in my books do. My characters are shaped by their circumstances.