I’ve been tagged by my good friend, Lauren Smith for the Writerly Blog! The questions revolve around why and how one writes.
Lauren touched on writing romance and some of the negative comments she’s received. I have to say, most comments I get are extremely positive. in fact, when I was at the Annapolis boat show two weekends ago, I ended up handing out all my business cards. I’ve only received one sneer. Naturally being a former college instructor and lawyer, she promptly got a lesson in the amount of research it takes to write historical romances. I pay so much attention to detail, that last summer an author friend said I could write historical fiction if I was so inclined. After all, there is more money in it. I also told the doubter about the number of advanced degrees many historical authors had. There are doctors, nurses, lawyers, and PhD’s who teach at such prestigious universities as Duke, Harvard, and Yale (I’m sure there are many more, I just can’t remember right now.)
In my opinion, historical romance had never been smarter and more erudite. Are there some who just don’t care about many historical details? Of course there are. We don’t march in lock step after all. But they too have their audiences. Now to the questions.
1. What are you working on right now?
The sixth book in The Marriage Game. It takes place in Northumberland and Edinburgh. The working title is Lady Mary. I’m also mulling over a Christmas novel my editor asked if I could write, and a Christmas novella I want to write.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I write traditional Regencies, but with sex. There I said it. Usually I dance around the word by using spicy. One of the things I missed in reading Georgette Heyer was the deep emotional fulfillment. I do think if she’d written in the present, she would have been much warmer, but she died in 1976 at the age of 71.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I’ve always loved Regencies. Though it never occurred to me to write one. Then I read an interview where the author said, write what you read. Every quickly clicked, and within a week I had a video playing in my head of an angry Regency lady. A month later, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe was a complete draft. So I really didn’t pick the Regency era, it picked me.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m a pantser, but I many times plot a scene out in my head. I like to write linearly, but there are times when the scenes don’t come to me in a nice orderly fashion, and I have to then write to get from one place to the next. When I’m stumped, I just write. After all, it’s easier to fix crap than nothing at all. I’m also a fast writer. If left alone (no social media etc.) I can write 100,000 words in a month.
I’m tagging Collette Cameron, Louisa Cornell, and Barbara Monajem.
Now you tell me what do you write or read what you do?