Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Victorian American True-Life Crimes to Inspire your Muse – Jun ’23


Instructor: Beth Daniels
Registration Deadline: Jun 10, 2023
Start Date: Jun 5, 2023
End Date: Jul 2, 2023
USD Fee: $15 HHRW Members/$25 Non-Members

Do you like mixing things that actually happened with things you make up when it comes to writing a historical that incorporates mystery or crime in the story, even if the main goal was to write a historical romance?

If you answered “YES!” then this four-week workshop is exactly what you’re looking for…particularly if you plan to spin a 19th century setting story that plays out in the United States!

We’ll look at swindlers, counterfeiters, forgers and forgeries, robberies, spies, gangs, murder, serial killers, shanghaiers/crimpers, cops gone bad, and ladies who definitely aren’t ladies, like Old Mother Mandelbaum who ran a Fagin-like operation to train children as though they were in a school devoted to mastering crime from minor to major.

Let these real-life stories inspire your fictional world for events and characters whether you’re writing standalone or series historical romance, westerns, or even Weird West Steampunk.

It doesn’t matter if you’re pre-published, published, or if you’re a plotter, a pantser or a planster, when it comes to reaping ideas for historical fiction, history has already sown the seeds from which to grow wonderful ideas!

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About the Instructor:

Beth Daniels currently writes standalone historical romantic suspense but also pens urban fantasy/mystery/comedy series as J.B. Dane and is completing a Weird West Steampunk trilogy as Nied Darnell. When she dived into writing sagas that continued past a single title, she felt for a bit like she’d stepped into quicksand. Fortunately, there was solid footing (her 29 previously published standalone books—though she’s up to 37 now) to keep her head above the muck as she worked out what needed to be done a bit differently with a series. Now with her urban fantasy series four books into a six-book set plus numerous prequel novellas running ahead of the novels, and the launch of a paranormal lite romantic mystery comedy set that launched 2021, she’s become a firm believer in tied together title runs. Visit her at www.4TaleTellers.com.

Beth Daniels



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