Monday, August 20, 2012

When Shadows Fall by Tina Pinson ends August 27th



Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and five grandchildren with one on the way. Tina started her first novel in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. In the Manor of the Ghost and Touched By Mercy were published through Desert Breeze Publishers.
Tina is giving away When Shadows Fall. Answer her question at the bottom of the article or leave a comment to be entered.
Skewing History

I saw this interesting photo not long ago where this Honda crotch rocket had gone completely into the front seat of a VW. I found the picture fascinating and my curiosity getting the better of me I wanted to read the story beneath.

It went something like this: a young man is going at a high rate of speed on his Honda crotch rocket, when this with VW Rabbit with two young girls pulls out right in front of him. He doesn't have time to stop and ploughs right into them. They are all killed instantly.

The story goes on to say that the young driver of the VW was on her cell phone at the time, and had she been paying attention it might not have happened.

Awful story. Horrifying that so many lives were taken in one tragic accident. The story had everyone talking about why we shouldn't talk or text while driving. Granted we probably shouldn't be talking and texting while we drive, but that's not the point I want to make. Nor do I want to distract from the fact that lives were lost.

Another account says. The young man on the Honda was going at a high rate of speed and he'd just received his license. The occupants of the VW, an elderly couple did indeed pull out on him, and because of his high rate of speed and inability to react or inattentiveness, he couldn't slow down and caused the accident.

The last account comes from a police report of the accident. It says that the VW turned left in front of the Honda, which was traveling in the opposite direction on a country road. The Honda hit the car with such force the driver and motorcycle landed in the car and the VW rolled. Then the story didn't even happen in the US as implied, it happened in Sweden some four or five years before. Cells phones were never mentioned

Someone now saw a chance to rewrite history, to skew it to fit their agenda.

As a fiction writer, I insert I my characters in history all the time. Sometimes, when writing Sci Fi or Speculative, I even make up my own worlds. When I wrote When Shadows Fall some twenty plus years ago. My main source of research was the library. I did a little on the internet, but it wasn't the bastion of research it is now. I looked for the older accounts, for diaries and journals and papers. Did I get it right, I sure hope so, given the things I found. I don't want to change history.

Fast forward to now, I went back to the library and asked where the research books were and was told they didn't carry many, most research was done on line. Which can be unfortunate if you a person doesn't weed through the truths and untruths.

It seems that some people want to rewrite history to fit their mold. To fit their idea of the truth. To some the Holocaust is myth, millions of people were never slaughtered. There was a war, but not the major loss of life.

Christ was never born, although ancient scholars and historians write that he was, it's preferable to remove him from history. Our children's history books are being changed to fit ideas and mold new, usually incorrect ones.

The truth is skewed and little details removed or added, until the truth is slanted enough toward the lie. And sadly others believe it is the truth.

So my question to you is this… How do you guard against feeding misinformation and history when you write your stories? How do you research? And what might be some of the things you've found where history has been skewed and no one seems to care?
 
The Civil War rages, and Rebekah fights to keep her world intact. Loss and sorrow seeps into her heart. Her sights on Oregon, she prays New Eden will be a place of peace for her and her son. A refuge. She travels to Missouri to start her journey and is denied the opportunity to join the train. Matthew battles his way through the war thinking of Rebekah, planning to help her west. He fears his biggest battle lies ahead. Will Rebekah open up her heart and allow him to be the one to hold her When the Shadows Fall?


When Shadows Fall is available through Desert Breeze Publishing. The next two installments of the Shadow Series; Shadowed Dreams and To Catch a Shadow continues the story of Matthew and Rebekah on the Oregon Trail, releases November 2012 and June 2012 respectively.

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40 comments:

  1. I love reading about history. This book sounds great! thanks for the chance to win
    Debbie Curto
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    1. Thanks for coming by Debbie. good luck!

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  2. I love history too. If it weren't for the love of history many writers wouldn't have a story to tell. Thank you so much for coming by, Debbie.

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  3. The purpose of history is to retell events as accurately as one can. "Text book perfect as possible." Just the details and nothing more.

    The purpose of historical fiction is to let the reader enter the time period and feel as if they are present at the event. The reader will most likely know what the characters ate, drank, thought, and felt. A historical fiction is sprinkled lightly with history to give the reader a sense of where the story takes place. It's not a history lesson. lol There are books for that.:)

    Loved the topic! Good luck with your book!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Karen. Good Luck.

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  4. Aw, Karen, I so want to give a complete history lesson every time I write. :-) but you are right, a dusting of history is actually more engaging and entertaining and more inline with what I'm after. I do know some who really like their story steeped in history. thank you so much for your comment.

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  5. Hello DebbieLynne,
    Just wanted to say thank you for your invitation to visit today.

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  6. I love history. When I write, I make up the setting and the characters, but I try to keep the background information accurate. I'm distressed so many people are rewriting western history to fit their prejudices. Mary Hagen

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  7. Hi Mary,

    Very true about prejudices, it's kind of like playing gossip. Makes one wonder what history will look like in another 100 years. Hmm, maybe that's even too long, we've already seen the shift in rewriting WWII, Vietnam, and so many other important dates. Some adding to, some trying to diminish it's reality altogether, we don't even need a 100 years to skew history.

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  8. The sad part is that readers believe that writers have done their research so many believe what they read. As a historical writer I believe we have an obligation to keep our stories historically accurate. That's not to say that there weren't exceptions to the rules, but if we are writing about an exception we need to make it clear this person is going against the grain of society. Thanks for stopping by Mary.

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  9. Very interesting! It's fun how you can take an actual histoical event and create a fictional setting with it. It makes the stories seem very real. Loved the post!

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    1. It is fun to put your characters in history, Stephenia. I've always found the Civil War Oregon Trail and Reconstruction eras interesting, so I have a few stories that delve into that time.

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    2. Hey Stephenia, Thanks for coming by. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Good Luck!

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  10. Interesting post. While I now focus on fantasy (the historical fiction is riding the range, lol), in the past I wrote histories and other related non-fiction so I have a skewed? idea of research--the facts. You made an excellent point about misinformation. I still guard against it in various ways including using original research as much as I can. (Of course taking into account the author might be rewriting his own history. And for the internet, I look for the author or site's credentials. One great thing about the internet is that many museums and universities have their collections scanned and accessible online. You can read a first-hand account of the Civil War without having to travel to the site or spend money to buy the artifact.

    To answer what did I find skewed? I encountered self-proclaimed historians who said their research proved women in earlier times such as the westward expansion, the Civil War, or the Old West never picked up a weapon.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post. Helen

    Helen Henderson. Stories that take you to the stars, the Old West, or worlds of imagination.

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    1. Hi Helen,

      appreciate your coming by and your comments. The internet can be a great source for research has opened up a lot works that weren't in the library. I agree, you do have to be careful. I always liked the older books in the library, but now the libraries don't even carry many of them, they've all gone to the internet.

      I've been writing some speculative fiction and have skewed some history. I try to do my research for the REAL fiction. Hopefully, I do it okay.

      I find that so funny that someone would actually try to say women never picked up a weapon. Hmm what about all those women who joined the war incognito, or Annie Oakley, or Calamity Jane or others.

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    2. That's right, Tina. I was thinking of the same ladies. I absolutely love google books in the advanced search. I'd be lost without it! If I'm looking for something, I just put in the date of my ms (usually the 1880's) and it only brings books and articles that were written before that date.

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  11. In answer to your first question, I try and find at least three sources to consider it a 'fact'. And believe me, it's not always easy! Right now I'm working on a novel about the 'Lizzie Borden murders'; and between the Victorian verbiage and little discrepencies there are often times I'm dizzy!
    There are two things to remember when dealing with history:
    1) History is written by the winners!
    2) It is also an all-enncompassing game of 'telephone' that's been going on for thousands of years. Everything needs to be looked at with a grain of salt.

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    1. Jordan,

      Lizzie Borden huh? Interesting. You would think the history would be somewhat clear enough to get your three. But I understand, I've watched a couple documentaries and even those didn't line up on all the points.

      I agree, a lot of history is written by the winner. It is good that more and more accounts are being uncovered that offer both sides of the issue.

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    2. Your story sounds interesting, Jordan. Once again if you want an account from the time period try google books.

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  12. I'm currently working on a family history book. My research includes census records, oral history from older, living family members, photographs, diaries, etc. I can understand how much work goes into an historical novel.

    Amy C
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Amy, it sounds like you've been doing some digging. The census records are awesome. I followed a leaf once that steered me wrong though.

      When my grandfather was older he had alzheimers, he couldn't remember our names but saw the past vividly. The family taped him and grandma and got a wealth of information.

      Thank you for sharing your places of research.

      Tina Pinson

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    2. Hey Amy, those are sometimes harder than the kid of research we do because the sources are so far and few in between. Good luck with your research!

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  13. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
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    1. Karen,

      Appreciate your coming by and saying hello.

      Blessings

      Tina Pinson

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  14. Please enter me to win - God Bless
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  15. squiresj,

    you are certainly entered. thank you for coming by.

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  16. Historical fiction based on The Civil War is one of my favorite genres. I've read a few reviews for When Shadows Fall, and would love to win a copy. Thank you for offering this giveaway. I'm really looking forward to reading this book!
    Nancee
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  18. Nancee,

    Welcome. I like Civil War stories too. When Shadows Fall does take you through parts of the war and then to the Oregon Trail. Westward Expansion... another time I found interesting.

    thank you so much for coming by.

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  19. Historical Fiction is my very favorite. I like how the author places their characters within events/happenings and their researching is likely more than we learned in our history classes. I think of the Civil War when I look at the large old oaks on the hill continuing behind our house. What a story they could tell.
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  22. Hello Lane

    it would interesting to open up a tree and have the ability to read history with each ring. that's why I like the shows where people are remodeling their homes and uncover secrets and history.

    thank you so much for coming by and your comment.



    blessings

    tina

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  23. Hey, Tina, sign me up! I'd love to win a copy of another of your books. muschfarm at yahoo dot com
    Blessings~

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  24. I love historical fiction. Since I am such a history nut anyway it feeds my passion for it. I'd love to win any book that does that! I am now following you through Feedburner so put me in twice! Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing. Blessings.

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  25. Might want to change the release date on Tina's 2nd upcoming release to June 2013 instead of 2012.:)

    Carolyn

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