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Anyone else written historical fiction/mystery or mystery/historical fiction?

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#1 Dr.Deb


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:00 PM

HI mystery writers,


I am wondering if anyone on this forum has written a mystery based on a historical setting or figure?  If so, how are you pitching your book? is it historical fiction or a mystery?  And why did you choose to go the route you did?


I also wonder if book length has anything to do with how you pitch.  My book is 115,000 words. I know this is super long for a mystery, but less so for historical fiction. Anyone have any thoughts on this?


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 01:44 PM

Why not pitch it as a historical mystery? Right now I'm writing a YA historical fantasy and just calling it what it is. You're going to be hard-pressed to find a book that only fits one genre and not any others, and in my experience, agents don't mind if you blend genres as long as you do it accurately.


In your case, maybe it would make more sense to pitch yours as a historical fiction book because of the word count, but from what I've read of your query, part of it takes place in present day. I don't know too much about historical fiction and I'm not sure if this would make it "not count" or not, so that may be something you need to ask the historical group here -- Litgal in particular might know the answer, as she's a successful historical fiction author.

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 05:07 PM

I have not done so personally but have a number of friends who write them. Historical mysteries and thrillers are pitched as that. A "historical mystery" or "historical thriller" is a sub-genre of both historical fiction and mysteries or thrillers. 

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 07:34 PM

I wrote a mystery/historical fiction inspired by wwII and its 180,000 words. Why'd you ask this question? May I ask?

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