I thought it would be fun to talk about what readers can expect from my writing--should (no, when) my novels find their way onto shelves.
- Historical Accuracy - I write fictional historical novels.
While I research my novels heavily, and have critique partners that are
also historical novelists, I realize that I am writing a fiction piece.
The love story is paramount. Also, if it is a question between accuracy
and comprehension, I will, more often than not, aim for clarity.
2 - Setting - I tend to love English romances, however, I do have some old west and early American novel ideas under my bed.
- Year - I write Georgian and Regency. So much was happening within the
span of one lifetime--between the American and French Revolutions, the
social changes, and the coming of Napoleon.
4 - Heroines - I
tend to write heroines with a mix of modern and traditional ideals. I
love flawed heroines. I love at least one major flaw. From Rules For Avoiding The Earl, Maia
is not only far from what her era considered a beauty, but she is also
very impulsive. From Walking Through Hellfire, Emilia is so loyal she often allows herself to
be taken advantage of in her attempt to protect others. I also love
them to have at least one strong skill. Maia is a crayon painter and
Emilia is extremely fast.
5 - Hero - Sexiness is key--not
just in body, but in actions and words. He has to be crazy about the
heroine, even if he doesn't like her at first. A tortured past often
comes with the territory for my heroes.
6 - Secondary
Characters - I love quirky secondary characters, so you'll often find
them in my stories. I think they are a great way to get the story moving
and say what must be said. They also provide a lot of chances for
7 - Humor - Speaking of humor, the reader should
certainly expect that in my novels. I love and use all forms of humor,
but physical and situational are favorites of mine.
8 - Heat - I do NOT close the bedroom door. My love scenes are hot. Not quite erotic, but certainly not boring.
Heart - I feel like deep emotion is the best thing to accompany humor. A
great story can make the reader laugh until their cheeks ache and cry
until they can't cry anymore. I strive for strong emotion, and while the
reader may not cry with every story I write, I certainly hope they will
feel desperate, from time to time, for the hero/heroine to achieve
So there are 9 facts about my romance novels. I hope one day you will be able to share the stories of the characters I love so much.