Miranda asked Tracy Chevalier:

Research is obviously a big part of your writing process. Each of your books are rich with historical detail, but manage not to hit the reader over the head with facts. Do you have any tips on research and integrating historical facts into fictional writing for aspiring historical fiction authors?

Tracy Chevalier It's all about balance. Think of it this way: the research is not really for your readers, it's for yourself, so that you understand the time and place and people you're writing about. All the reader really needs is to feel confident that you know what you're talking about; they don't need the specifics. So by all means do research and take notes and talk to experts and look at paintings and visit places. Absorb it all. Then set it aside and write the story.

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