I’ve discovered that now that I’ve lived a bit of history, I really quite like it. This revelation came to me in college – the second time – in Engineering 101 class. I was giving a presentation to the class on the changes in technology over the past 90 years, and as a part of the presentation I shared my own experience watching the lunar landing in 1969. As I spoke about watching the landing on TV and hearing the words of Neil Armstrong, I realized that the room was silent and that every eye in the room was on me. I had them! I even got applause.My favorite way to get my history “fix” these days is to read historically-based novels, in particular those of my favorite historical fiction author, Ken Follett. I learned about the Danish resistance in WWII in Hornet Flight. I learned about the war in Afghanistan in Lie Down with Lions. I learned how cathedrals were built in Pillars of the Earth. Currently reading Fall of Giants, and with half the book down, I now know more about WWI than I ever had before.
I want to write like this. I want people to view history through the eyes of the people living it.