Close of Battle, Forbes, Colo. Removing dead: Correspondents under truce flag.
The blending of history and fiction presents unique challenges. An author must first look to the historical facts. In and of itself this is a challenge. The passage of time can shroud the events in a mist. How did different perspectives shape perceptions? What are the motives of the historians? What really ahppened?
The author must then decide how to blend fictional characters with historical facts and people and remain true to the basic, underlying facts.
In telling the story of Ludlow, I have tried to let the fictional characters support history. The Ludlow massacre was horrific in its own right, but history without emotions relegates the facts to just cold, hard facts. To me, that is not what history shoud be about. I want the reader to relate to the characters in the book, both real and fictional. This is a story about them, in 1913-1914. It is also a story about us, today.