February Updates and Information

Happy February everyone! I can't believe we are already into the second month of the year. 2019 seems to be on the same mission as the last several years . . . which is to fly by! I hope everyone had a great start to the new year and an amazing January. Mine was full [...]

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January Updates and Information

Happy 2019! I have to admit that it feels rather odd to say that. It seems like the years are flying by, and it's a toss-up if I want them to continue at this pace or to slow down. I'm eager for some big happenings in 2020 (like, say, getting my rights back to my [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Eight: Rules – Personal Beliefs and Authenticity #historicalromance #romance

 When I first became obsessed with Outlander, I went online to read some of the reviews on the books. Why, I don't know, but curiosity always drives me. Perhaps, it's because I like to see that no matter how much of a blockbuster a book is, it will still have a broad range of reviews [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Seven: Rules – Fact vs Fiction #historicalromance #historical #writing #amwriting

Ask any reader or Google the question: "How important is historical accuracy in a novel?" and for the most part you will get the answer of "very". It's true that there are some who believe that authors aren't teachers. That it's not our job to educate readers on events or time periods. However, you have [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Six: Rules – Research, Research, Research #writing #amwriting #historicalromance

Aside from finding your perfect time period and creating your perfect plot and characters, research is perhaps the most important rule to writing historical novels. Why? Because you will never be able to draw your readers into a different time period if you don't know what you're talking about! So how do you know what [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Five: Elements – Plot and Setting: Time and Place #historical

Why do readers read Historical Romance and Historical Fiction? When asked this question, the overwhelming answer is always 'to bring the past to life' and it’s our job as the author to do just that. Nothing will pull a reader out of a historical novel faster than something or someone out of place. Whether it's [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Four: Elements – Props and Attire #historicalromance #writing #amwriting

When I talk about proper props and attire, I'm not saying that you need to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the whole novel. That would be telling, not showing, not to mention unbelievably boring for your readers and could possibly make them want to throw your book [...]