Five Reasons Why American Historical Romances Are Making A Comeback

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  This post originally appeared in USA Today’s Happy Ever After Column on October 29, 2014. It’s true that Americans have always had a soft spot in their hearts for a good western.… Continue reading

What Did Your Hero Do for a Living?

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Recently a writer colleague sent out a plea for help. She wanted to know what occupation, that existed at a particular time in a particular place, she might authentically assign to a character.… Continue reading

Schoenbrunn

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One of the field trips nearly every Ohio child gets to take during their school years is still my favorite piece of Ohio’s past. It’s Schoenbrunn Village in what is now New Philadelphia. It was… Continue reading

Thoughts on Creativity

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By Linda Bennett Pennell In another life, I have reason to be very interested in theories pertaining to and research in the areas of learning and cognition. Understanding how the human brain works,… Continue reading

Micro-History and Storytelling

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Jane Austen famously said, “Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in…. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and… Continue reading

Ohio’s Firelands

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When I first moved to this part of Ohio five years ago (between Cleveland and Toledo, near Lake Erie), I kept coming across references to the “Firelands.” There were schools, parks, roads, nature preserves,… Continue reading

Historical Fiction – Why We Love It!

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by Linda Bennett Pennell From time to time, literary critics and other publishing industry wags have heralded the demise of historical fiction only to be proven very wrong by the people who really… Continue reading