People are often surprised by my love of historical romance novels. Something about the genre just sweeps me away. From the humor of Julia Quinn to the intrigue of Amanda Quick, those hours of reading equal a little slice of heaven. They’re not even a ‘guilty pleasure’ because I’ll happily talk your ears off about characters, plots, rakes, gowns, heroines, horses, and more.
My guess is people find my historical habit surprising because I write gritty, action packed urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. There’s a school of thought that authors should write primarily what they read.
Trust me, no one wants me writing historical romance novels, not even historical paranormal romance novels. Although…maybe I’ll do some research and put a few ideas on the back burner to simmer. But I don’t see that in my immediate future.
In school, I enjoyed studying history, but could never seem to keep the dates straight when the exam was over. These days, my research of things long gone and past events primarily helps me get a handle on how quickly we might evolve and how those changes might play out in my futuristic settings. I’d just rather let my characters romp around in not-yet-seen urban playgrounds.
Of course I read plenty of paranormal romance novels as well as urban fantasy. And I have many favorite authors (like recent RITA winner Virginia Kantra) who sweep me into their adventures as well. But when I’m deep in the writing of my own paranormal romance novels, I like the completely different tone and experience of well-crafted historicals.
And yes, I’m well aware of my preference for the romance side of the aisle: historical, contemporary or paranormal. I love the emotional impact when a dynamic, swoon-worthy hero finds his perfect match with a determined woman, no matter the time period.
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