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404: How to Turn Historical Figures into Characters for Your Novel – Interview with Jody Hadlock

Today, Lori is interviewing Jody Hadlock.


Jody studied journalism and was a television news reporter and anchor serving her community in South Carolina as well as Texas. In addition to writing, her other passion is advocating for people with special needs. For several years Jody served on the board of directors of North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners (SNAP), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the fullest lives possible in their communities.

She has just released her debut historical novel, The Lives of Diamond Bessie.


In this episode Jody Hadlock and Lori discuss:

  • The research process and how to blend primary and secondary sources.
  • Why finding the right point of view is so important to the writing process.
  • What role context plays in writing about the past and how to integrate it into your plot.


Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

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