Art In Fiction

Art In Fiction

Find out what makes great, arts-inspired fiction in a variety of genres, from mysteries to crime novels, historical fiction, thrillers, contemporary fiction, and more. Art In Fiction founder and author Carol M. Cram chats with some of the top novelists featured on Art In Fiction, a curated online database of books inspired by the arts. Discover your next great read and get valuable advice on what it takes to be a successful writer.

Episodes

March 1, 2022 50 min

Join me as I chat with Lauren Belfer, author of several riveting historical novels including And After the Fire and A Fierce Radiance.   

Highlights:

  • Genesis of And After the Fire
  • Learning about the music of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Salons of 19th-century Berlin and Fanny Mendelsohn
  • Role of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, son of Johann Sebastian Bach in the novel
  • Fanny Mendelsohn's fraught relationship with her brother Felix Mendelsohn
  • What is ...
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    Join me as I chat with Lynn Cullen, author of several novels including Mrs. Poe and Twain's End.   

    Highlights:

  • Genesis of Twain's End
  • Shocking truths about Mark Twain
  • Hal Holbrook, Mark Twain, and Isabelle Lyon
  • How would we label Mark Twain in this age of psychological profiling?
  • Francis Osgood and her relationship with Edgar Allen Poe in Mrs. Poe
  • Poe and the popularity of The Raven
  • Depicting the complexity of romance
  • Life and cons...
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    Join me as I chat with B. A. Shapiro, the New York Times bestselling author of three fabulous novels featuring visual art: The Art Forger, The Muralist, and The Collector's Apprentice.  

    Highlights:

  • The attraction of art, particularly late-19th and early-20th-century art, as a subject for novels
  • Genesis of The Collector's Apprentice
  • Writing the "bad guy " in The Collector's Apprentice
  • Cézanne and Matisse in The Colle...
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    Join me as I chat with bestselling novelist Alka Joshi, author of two novels listed on Art In Fiction: The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, both set in India in the 1950s and 1960s. 

    Highlights:

  • Overview of The Henna Artist (Decorative Arts)
  • Inspiration for The Henna Artist 
  • Women and independence
  • India in the 1950s and India today
  • Resourcefulness of the characters in The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
  • Novels as...
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    Join me as I chat with Erika Gaffney, the creator of the ArtHerstory website at www.artherstory.net. 

    Highlights:

  • The genesis of the Art Herstory website
  • Developments in celebrating women artists from the Renaissance and Baroque eras
  • Why has the work of female artists not been in the public eye until quite recently?
  • Erika's background as an Acquisitions Editor in scholarly publishing
  • Women artists in the medieval era
  • Work by female ar...
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    Join me as I chat with Deborah Swift, author of four novels listed on Art In Fiction, including The Lady's Slipper and the Women of Pepys' Diaries Series, all set in England in the 17th century. 

    Highlights:

  • Genesis of The Lady's Slipper (Visual Arts)
  • Why the novel is set following the English Civil War
  • Orchids in The Lady's Slipper
  • Reading from The Lady's Slipper
  • The Women of Samuel Pepys' Diaries series and the ...
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    Join me as I chat with Lilianne Milgrom, author of L’Origine, an intriguing novel about the creation and history of L’Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet, one of the world’s most provocative paintings.

    Highlights:

  • Find out why Courbet's L'Origine du Monde is still raising eyebrows after 150 years
  • The effect of the painting on Lilianne
  • Gustave Courbet and realism
  • How reactions to L'Origine du Monde are like those to a Rorscha...
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    Meet Alex George, author of The Paris Hours,  a tour de force of a novel told over the course of one day in 1927 about four ordinary people whose stories are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.

    Highlights:

  • The genesis of The Paris Hours --Marcel Proust and his maid
  • How is a writer like a magpie? 
  • Paris in the 1920s--incorporating the tapestry of history into a novel
  • The roles played in the novel by a panoply of stars, in...
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    Meet Donna DiGiuseppe, author of Lady in Ermine, a stunning biographical novel about Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola.

    Highlights:

  • Lady in Ermine is "a vivid portrait of a talented woman who defied the conventions of her times." Find out why!
  • Who is Sofonisba Anguissola and why is she in the news lately?
  • Discover why Giorgio Vasari, who wrote Lives of the Artists, considered Sofonisba's work worthy of the descriptor...
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    In Episode 2, meet C. C. Humphreys, bestselling author of several novels listed on Art In Fiction, including Shakespeare's Rebel, Chasing the Wind, and Vlad: The Last Confession.

    Highlights:

  • What is an adventure writer of historical fiction?
  • The genesis of Shakespeare's Rebel: "Hamlet and swords" 
  • Challenges of depicting real people such as Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Lord Essex, and Sir Robert Cecil
  • A reading from Shakesp...
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    Welcome to the 1st episode of SEASON 2 of The Art In Fiction Podcast!

    Meet Charlie Lovett, bestselling author of 5 novels listed on Art In Fiction,  including his most recent, Escaping Dreamland.

    Highlights:

  • What is a bibliophile and why do they interest Charlie so much?
  • How Charlie chooses what to write about
  • Genesis of Escaping Dreamland - what's with those children's series novels?
  • Who really wrote the children's series so...
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    Join novelist and host Carol M. Cram for Season 2 of The Art In Fiction Podcast, launching March 25 and featuring conversations with a fascinating array of authors who have written novels inspired by the arts—from Film to Photography to Literature to Visual Arts to Theater and more. 

    Be sure to subscribe to The Art In Fiction Podcast so you don’t miss a single episode.

    Kicking off Season 2 will be Carol's conversation with Charl...

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    Welcome to the Art In Fiction Podcast!

    In this Bonus episode, I've compiled advice from nine of the authors interviewed in Season 1 of the podcast.  You'll learn five smart tips from Syrie James, Barbara Linn Probst, Maggie Humm, Stephanie Storey, Jeanne Mackin, Stephanie Cowell, Helaine Mario, Barbara Quick, and Patricia Morrisroe.

    Highlights:

    Tip #1: Write what you love to read 

  • Syrie James and Barbara Linn Probst talk about...
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    Welcome to EPISODE 20  of the Art In Fiction Podcast.


    Paris between the wars is the exciting setting for Jeanne Mackin's novels The Last Collection and The Beautiful American.

    In this episode, find out about wacky surrealist lobsters, why pencils and paper were not allowed at fashion shows, and a lot more!

    Highlights:

  • The Beautiful American and the art and life of photographer Lee Miller, famed surrealist Man Ray, and the indomitab...
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    Welcome to EPISODE 19 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.

    The three novelists you'll meet in this episode are each inspired by a different classical composer. They discuss their inspiration and research processes, and touch on a topic rarely discussed in author circles--money!

    Barbara Quick is the author of Vivaldi’s Virgins, Stephanie Cowell is the author of Marrying Mozart, and Patricia Morrisroe is the author of The Woman in the ...

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    Welcome to EPISODE 18 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.

    Barbara Linn Probst's debut novel inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe is a must-read for fans of the artist and of  compelling stories. 

    In this lively episode, I chat with Barbara about her novel Queen of the Owls, the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, and a lot more.

    Highlights:

  • Queen of the Owls and its relationship to the art and life of Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Feminism and Georgia O...
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    Welcome to EPISODE 17 of the Art In Fiction Podcast!

    Do you love reading novels set in locations you hope to visit? Then you have to explore TripFiction (www.tripfiction.com). 

    In this episode, I interview Tina Hartas who developed TripFiction to provide readers with an easy way to find novels set in specific locations around the world.  We talk about technology and marketing and our mutual love of books. And as you'll discover i...

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    Welcome to EPISODE 16 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.

    Courtney Maum is the bestselling author of three novels as well as a fabulous writing guidebook for authors.

    In this lively episode, I chat with Courtney about her two novels listed on Art In Fiction, Costalegre and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and her new book for authors:  Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surv...

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    Welcome to EPISODE 15 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.

    Fans of Virginia Woolf and art will love Talland House by Maggie Humm. Learn about her inspiration for the novel that is listed in the Visual Arts category on Art In Fiction, enjoy a reading from Talland House, and discover her advice for new authors.

    Highlights:

  • Talland House and its relationship to Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse
  • Character of Lily Briscoe from To The Lightho...
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    Welcome to EPISODE 14 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.

    In this episode, I chat about thrillers with an arts twist with Helaine Mario, author of The Lost Concerto and Dark Rhapsody, two page-turners listed in the Music category on Art In Fiction which also incorporate Visual Arts, Theater, and more.

    This quote about Dark Rhapsody says it all: "As much about art as music, Dark Rhapsody reveals the transformative power of both." 

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