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Discover the art in fiction website

A community for people who love novels inspired by the arts

I recently discovered an exciting new online community that brings together authors and readers who have a shared passion: the love of art in fiction. I’m happy to welcome author Carol Cram today to share the story of her Art in Fiction website, a central location to find and browse quality fiction inspired by all kinds of art. Carol is herself the award-winning author of several art-inspired historical novels (including The Towers of Tuscany, the thrilling tale of a 14th-century female artist) and has a deep love for stories that connect readers to the arts.

Q: Carol, please give a little background about Art in Fiction (

A: I’ve created Art In Fiction as a literary oasis that lists novels inspired by the arts—a comfortable, laid-back, and friendly place where you can browse hundreds of curated titles. Almost every genre is included—historical, thriller, mystery, literary, and even a smattering of sci-fi and romance—across a wide range of subjects, from architecture to dance to … knitting!  Yes, knit-lit is, I’ve discovered, a very robust niche.

Q: How does the site work?

A: With close to 1000 novels to choose from, and more titles being added daily, Art In Fiction is designed as a one-stop shop for arts-inspired novels to add to your TBR pile. And best of all, membership in the Art In Fiction community is free.

In addition to book listings, Art In Fiction offers blog posts on topics related to the arts and fiction, guest posts from authors listed on the site, book reviews written by the Art In Fiction team and guest reviewers, and periodic mailouts. Authors with novels listed on Art In Fiction can join the site and have their novels included in a mailout. There’s even a podcast in the works.

Q: For people who are really fired up about art-inspired fiction (like me!), are there ways to get even more involved?

A: Absolutely. While you’re on the site, please join our community (it’s free!) so you can leave reviews of books you’ve read. You can also message me to share your impressions of the site, submit a blog or review for consideration (reposts are fine), inquire about being interviewed for our upcoming podcast series, or suggest new titles. I would love to hear from you.

Carol M. Cram is a multi-award-winning author of historical fiction (The Towers of Tuscany, A Woman of Note, The Muse of Fire), president of New Arcadia Publishing, and founder of Art In Fiction. She lives on Bowen Island near Vancouver on the west coast of British Columbia in Canada with her husband, artist Gregg Simpson ( You can read about their travels and other topics on

*Photo of stained glass window in header by Marie Bellando-Mitjans on Unsplash


  1. Drēma Drudge says:

    Amy, I recently discovered Carol’s Art in Fiction and was delighted to find it! It’s so fulfilling to discover others (like you!) whose interests tilt toward the arts. I’m excited to explore both your website, Amy, and Art in Fiction more. I feel as if I’ve found my tribe at last, not to mention tons of art in fiction novels to add to my already bulging library. Lust for Life is a particular favorite.
    Thanks again for featuring Carol’s wonderful website.

    Drēma Drudge
    — Author of the forthcoming novel, Victorine, Manet’s favorite model turned artist

    1. Amy Maroney says:

      Thank you, Drema! I agree, Carol’s website is fantastic and such a great resource for authors and readers alike.

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