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NICOLE EVELINA is a USA Today bestselling author and biographer who writes historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction. Her six books have won more than 40 awards, including four Book of the Year designations. Nicole was named Missouri’s Top Independent Author by Library Journal and Biblioboard as the winner of the Missouri Indie Author Project in 2018 and has been awarded the North Street Book Prize and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. One of her books, Madame Presidentess, was previously optioned for film. 


Her current projects include a history of the St. Louis League of Women Voters from 1960-today and a two non-fiction books due to be published in 2022 and 2023/24 by Rowman & Littlefield: Sex and the City: A Cultural History and Fierce Females of Television: A Cultural History.


Her fiction tells the stories of strong women from history and today, with a focus on biographical historical fiction, while her non-fiction focuses on women’s history. Both share the stories of unknown or little-known figures. 


Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. 


She is represented by Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary. You can find her online at


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Lesson Plan

1. Introduction to Historical Fiction

  1. What is it? 

    1. (Dates, features, etc.)

  2. Subgenres 

  3. Examples of well-known historical fiction

  4. Do you need a PhD?

  5. Read, read, read!

2. Picking Your Period and POV

  1. Do you want to specialize?

  2. What does the market want?

  3. Biographical or fictional characters?

  4. First person, third person or close third?

  5. Deep POV

3. Research

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4. Plot Arcs and Character Arcs

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5. Creating Realistic Characters

  1. Main Characters

  2. Secondary Characters

  3. Walk on Characters

  4. Realism

  5. Classes

  6. Jobs

  7. Women

  8. Anachronisms

6. Dialogue

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7. World-building and Adding Research into Your Story

  1. How to introduce your reader to your world

  2. How much research to use

  3. What do you do with the leftover research

  4. Details matter

  5. Accuracy

8. Editing

  1. Self-editing

  2. Beta readers

  3. Working with professionals

9. Getting Published

  1. Querying

  2. Working with an agent

  3. Working with an editor

  4. Self publishing

10. Marketing

Lesson Plan coming soon!