I’ve been toying with the idea of setting a book in the 1940s. But I wasn’t sure exactly when a historical is no longer considered “historical.” At a writer’s conference, I heard a speaker refer to books set before 1900 as historicals and books set between 1900 - 1950 as “vintage.” But I’ve never heard the term vintage since then.
And does it matter? Well, turns out, it makes quite a difference. Readers want to know what kind of book you write. Members of the press want to know. Publishers want to know. Those who run contests want to know.
What about you? Would you consider a book set in the 1940s as “historical?” Why or why not? Have you ever heard a book referred to as “vintage?” Would that time period intrigue you or do you prefer books prior to 1900?