I’m so glad to be back on Romance Divas!! Thank you for having me.
The research for my latest book, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret was a challenge on different levels.
The largest difficulty I faced was the lack of institutional knowledge about the area or even documents. It seems that that everyone remembers up to 1780 and after 1830, but nothing during the Regency. During a conversation with the historian on Tortola, BVI, I was told that the information I found dating St. George’s church to the mid-19th century was incorrect. A St. George’s church has stood on that site since the early 18th century. The problem is that due to hurricanes and fires, most of the documents have been lost. Also, they kept building over the same site.
I love the term ‘diva’. Some people think of it as a negative connotation. Not so. Divas in the true sense are experts in whatever they create and are secure in their person and their abilities…likes and dislikes. They are content in their own skins and stand up for what they love. They can be termed feisty if they hail from the south. I write feisty heroines. Being born a Texan and living here all my life, I can tell you that I am proud to be a feisty female and I welcome the term diva…in the best sense, of course.
When I was writing my very first romance novel, I started in an organized manner with a detailed story outline. I still have that outline saved and it is amazing how different it is from the book that was finally written. And those changes are all due to one character who decided he wanted to be a hero.
I was watching Jewel of the Nile the other night. It’s the sequel to Romancing the Stone, and not quite as good as the first. But I started thinking about the reason Joan Wilder went off to Africa with the sheik. She was suffering from writer’s block, and thinks that by writing a biography of a world leader, she will be taken more seriously as a writer. After seventeen romance novels, she doesn’t “know how it ends,” and thinks maybe she should move on from her career and her romance with Jack Colton.
You can’t help but have noticed the surge in popularity of digital erotica over the last few years. Perhaps beginning with the breakout success of E. L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, the popularity of digital erotic literature has skyrocketed. But what does this say about female empowerment? Is the marked rise in the use of such material evidence that women are breaking the shackles of conservatism, or rather is this simply a reveal of something that was already there? To put it another way, have women always been empowered erotically, but in this modern age, the widespread availability of digital erotica has offered them the power to take ownership of this fact? Let’s find out.
In The Wicked Bargain, Arabella Covington spent her youth following her father, a country physician, to his visits and helped him treat his patients. She learned medicine through this, like an apprentice. With this knowledge, she wants to be able to help the sick and wounded but she can’t. At this time period, early 1800s, women were only allowed to be midwives and nothing more.
I’ve always had a fascination with multiple births. Several of my friends and family members are either twins or triplets and I thought, why not write a story involving a set of quintuplets while they are each trying to find love and happiness?
Think about your favorite romantic novel and the chances are it contains a strong male protagonist. If this protagonist is aloof, independent, emotionally unavailable, deeply flawed, secretive, cunning yet somehow still loving and attractive, then the chances are he is a Byronic Hero and your favorite romance novel just wouldn’t be the same without him. He probably has several ladies swooning at his feet and maybe has a history of picking the wrong partner or is currently courting a superficial slip of a girl who can’t possibly match up to his towering intellect. He may even be locked in an unhappy relationship, unable to stay yet unwilling to leave – until, that is, he meets his intellectual and emotional soul mate, falls head over heels in love with her, overcomes any obligatory obstacles and then dashes off into the sunset with his number one lady at his side (or, as with Heathcliff and Cathy, meets a tragic end).
I just added three more books to my to-be-read list today.
I honestly don’t know how many I have saved to my Kindle or jotted on the little notebook I keep for those “great finds.” Then, there is my IPad, plus all the print books I have stacked on my nightstand and in my writing room bookcase.
I finally forced myself to purge my print novels a few years ago. I only kept about fifty hardbacks, and truthfully, I’ll likely never reread the ones I’ve already read. There are just so many additional tantalizing stories begging me to crack their covers open and dive in.
In all the eras of history, why did I write a romance during the time of gladiators? We’ve seen the films, the endings never end happily – Spartacus dies; the warriors in 300 die; Maximus in the movie Gladiator dies; so do the heroes in The Centurion and The Eagle. In fact, love is only minor role during that period, so why write about it?
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