The Incredible Power of Historical Fiction

This is the second in a series of videos in which I take a look back at the making of my 9-volume novel series, An American Family Portrait on the 20th Anniversary of the publishing of the first book in the series, The Puritans.


  • This narrative technique is so powerful, it changed my life. I no longer teach history, I tell hero stories.
  • Four scenarios describe the power of this technique:
    • Scenario One: Reading about a historical event from a textbook.
    • Scenario Two: Reading a first-hand account of a historical event.
    • Scenario Three: Hearing a first-hand account of a historical event.
    • Scenario Four: Living a historical event through a point of view character in a novel.
  • Each scenario brings you that much closer to the action!
  • Good historical fiction transports readers back in time allowing them to experience the past for themselves.

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“The Making of The Puritans”
Jack takes a look at the book that launched a series.

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  1. Thanks for the kind words. Doing the videos (and audios since you posted this) has been a lot of fun. Plans are to continue doing them through the entire American Family Portrait series and then the Songs in the Night series, etc. Appreciate the encouragement.

  2. Wow, I just watched the first two videos. It’s fun to see how excited you get about this stuff, and remember what a good speaker you are. You were right, this is exactly what we were talking about. Looking in someone elses window, reading their mail. Even better when you know you won’t get “caught”. Looking forward to the next videos and will let my friends that read your books know about the website. Keep it up.

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