If I’ve lived a past life, I’m pretty sure I’ve been lucky enough to have one in every historical time period from Babylon to World War II, and in every region from Central America to Japan. The past has always been a mystery to me, a puzzle I’ve wanted to solve. There are so many possibilities from what could have been, so many facts to learn and ways of life to immerse myself in.
I suppose you could call me a geek, but I prefer the term history buff. It’s a term that means I love reading non-fiction history tomes and essays as much as I do fiction. It means I grind my teeth at the inaccuracies of popular television shows and inundate my friends and family with little known facts I dig up. (I do that on Twitter, too, under @harmony_writes.) It means I’d rather read a manuscript in the original French, replete with letters S that look like F, than suffer through reading a translation. It means I dig through the dictionary looking for the origin of words and that I always have a dozen books picked out for research purposes packed onto my iPad.
History, quite frankly, fascinates me. I love learning new things and about new cultures. For the historical romance writer, research never really stops. That’s the exciting part. I can always learn something new that will throw my characters and story out of whack.
I write the way I like to read, with a solid factual base to the settings I evoke as backdrops to my characters. But, every time, it is the characters that make me care too much about what goes on in their story. It’s the characters that keep me awake late at night as I ponder plot twists and heart-rending conversations. It is their story that holds me poised over my laptop even after my fingers ache and my shoulders throb.
Quite frankly, I love what I do. Even if I’m buried in more books than I’ll ever be able to read in one lifetime — let alone write! — my books keep me stimulated and exhilarated. I’m lucky to be able to share my passion with you.
I’m beginning my first series in Regency England; seasoned historical romance readers, like myself, will recognize this as one of the most popular settings. When I started writing this series, rewriting a book loosely based on one of the first novels I completed at age 19, I thought I knew a lot about this time period due to the fictional books I’ve read. However, the moment I began researching, I found so many pivotal aspects of this time period that were at best glossed over, and at worst ignored in the books that I loved. So while seasoned historical romance readers will have a grounding in this era, you will also find many facts and traditions woven in that you may not have seen elsewhere.
If you’ve never read a historical romance novel, don’t fear; I began with Regency England for just that reason. If you’ve seen or read Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), you’ll have a good idea of the historical backdrop against which my books are set.
And once I’m a few books into this series…just you wait. That’s when the fun will really begin!