As FOREST OF WHISPERS
author Jennifer Murgia
explains in her blog post below, history can
be boring sometimes. If you're listening to a teacher with a monotone voice talk about a period in time that feels completely irrelevant to your life? Probably not your favorite way to spend an hour.
But if you're interested
in the topic, that's a whole other story. Below, Jennifer talks about her research process for her newest YA novel --- which focuses on Southwestern Bavaria in the 17th century, a time ripe with fear, suspicion and witch hunts --- and shares why delving into the past while preparing to write a historical fiction novel can actually be one of the most fascinating things you ever do.