Friday, April 08, 2022

Nine historical novels featuring real people as characters

After studying journalism at Texas A&M University, Jody Hadlock was a television news reporter and anchor in Bryan-College Station, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; and San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to writing, her other passion is advocating for people with special needs. She met her son, Marius, while reporting on Romania’s orphanages post-communism and saw firsthand the effects of the lack of nurturing and nutrition on the young orphans. For several years Jody served on the board of directors of North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners (SNAP), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the fullest lives possible in their communities.

Hadlock lives near Fort Worth with her husband. The Lives of Diamond Bessie is her first novel.

At CrimeReads she tagged "nine authors and their works that will take you back in time to another place, another way of life, all told from the points of view of real people who may not have lived to tell their stories but are told now through others’ pens." One entry on the list:
Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World

If you’ve ever been to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, you may have seen Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World. You’ve probably at least heard of the famous painter. When the two met, Christina Olson was in her mid-forties and had been living with a degenerative muscular disorder her entire life. She never left the farm where she lived with her brother. Wyeth was young and not well known yet. Christina’s small world—her piece of it as the title suggests—is expanded through her friendship with the artist, and the reader is the richer for knowing her story.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Piece of the World is among Suzanne Redfearn's six architecturally inspired novels.

--Marshal Zeringue