The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b – Interview with Caren Werlinge

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b – Interview with Caren Werlinger 

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about

  • The approach of framing a historic story within a modern character’s interaction with that story. The uses of parallel lives to create reader connection.
  • How Caren used dreams and book inscriptions as a way of connecting the present with the past. How present lives can heal past wounds.
  • Historic fiction as a way of bringing the past to life and giving women the adventures and stories they’re denied in history books.
  • The challenge of researching the small details.
  • Using 8th century Ireland as a setting for fantasy adventure. What makes a specific historic context an inviting place for fantastic stories? The “what if” factor. How does history constrain the invention?
  • Favourite research sources for early Ireland:
  • Irish folklore and myth
  • Internet searches for the flora and fauna of 8th century Ireland

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