People who enjoy historical fiction like it for a variety of reasons. The reason they most often give is that it takes us into a world that’s different from our own. Daniel Mason’s novel The Piano Tuner is a great example.
We often think that writers of history stick to the facts, working to present a fair and accurate account of the past, and that writers of historical fiction can pretty much make it up. It doesn’t always work out that way.
Adventures in Publishing, Part 4: In which the author enjoys modest success with her first novel, only to discover that she and her book are not necessarily invited to the literary party.