Archive for August, 2008

On historical romances

I have been reading a lot of historical romance lately.

I think historical romances might be my first love when it comes to genre fiction.  I remember sneaking a pirate romance from my friend Lori’s mom when I was over for a sleepover at about age twelve.  We definitely weren’t supposed to read her mom’s books, but we did anyway.  The book I got was certainly an eye-opener! I don’t remember the title or plot, but I was definitely swept away into a whole other world.

I don’t write historicals myself.  Even thinking of all the research that needs to be done makes me more than a little woozy.  The details are incredibly important.   Mess up and you’ll hear about it!  Much easier, I think, to write in a contemporary or otherworldly setting, where I can make all of the rules.  That’s one fewer thing I have to worry about in the balancing act that is a novel.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate all the historical authors who put in the hard work to bring me back in time and paint vivid pictures of the past.

Some of my favorite historicals:

Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series (young adult)

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series (Regency romance)

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books (spicy romance, time travel, and historical fiction)

All of these examples are series.  That’s another lure of the historical, I think, that the universe is often revisited many times.   I can definitely understand why a reader would want to come back to the same beloved characters again and again.  For an author, I can only assume that getting to write them is a nice bonus.

I can’t say I’ll never write a young adult historical — I have a few ideas up my sleeve — but there isn’t one in my immediate plans.  Luckily I have lots of other great authors to keep me entertained until then.

Recently reading:

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon (again!)

To Taste Temptation, Elizabeth Hoyt

My Lord and Spymaster, Joanna Bourne

Posted on August 10th, 2008 by Eliza  |  No Comments »