Posted on 10/20/2021 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

History is packed with compelling figures whose stories beg to be told – or imagined.

Author Patti Callahan Henry has found such people in C.S. Lewis, Florence Nightingale, and others whose names are much less familiar.

She knows, as do other historical-fiction writers, that readers wonder what’s real and what is imagined in standout examples of the genre.

So how do you inspire that question in a reader?

Callahan uses an anatomical analogy to describe her process for breathing life into historical figures in a post for Writer’s Digest.

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