I invented you, honest. An author’s apology to a blameless town

I truly believe fiction is more truthful than nonfiction. Fiction is a larger truth. Therefor, it could clearly end up being about several places at several times in the recent past.
I have the opposite problem. It seems that (so far, according to an expert) my novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” has one small mistake – the approx. time & place Archbishop Romero was assassinated. I purposely wrote the story the way it would have the most impact on the reader so when this nonfiction author told me I was wrong to put the details about Romero’s death at a different time, I never expected him to say, I got all the other facts right. (Mind you, there are know exact dates – a few years, but nothing more exact than that.)
Anyway, it’s all good! Just write a great story. The rest will take care of itself!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Nail Your Novel

5137935272_2d404cceb6_bI’ve nearly finished the second run-through of Ever Rest, and now I know the characters well, I can flesh out details that I’d previously left vague, such as where they live and what I want that to suggest. But this brings certain hazards, as I found when I published my first novel. I thought you might like this post from my archives, originally penned for Authors Electric.


It’s a funny thing, releasing a novel. You think you’ve made everything up, then someone informs you that it’s not as fictional as you’d hoped.

And moreover, you got it wrong.

Like the time when I received an email telling me the fusty village where I’d set the action in My Memories of a Future Life was not spelled Vellonoweth but Vellanoweth.

‘No it’s not,’ I replied, thinking my correspondent had a cheek. ‘I made it up.’

‘It’s near Penzance,’…

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