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Elizabeth Ross On Writing Historical Fiction YA

“To write a historical novel, the writer’s task is to make history breathe, to make it feel tangible—it’s a feat of world building. In researching Belle Epoque, I brought history to life in different ways—through art, music, novels, poetry, photography, and even food. I researched facts about 1889 French society, of course, but my Paris of 1889 is also the Paris of my imagination. And I was inspired by everything from period film scores to Toulouse Lautrec’s poster art.”

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