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 [...]

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

Ask any reader the question: "How important is historical accuracy in a novel?" And, for the most part, you will get the answer of "very". Of course, that's the answer you should receive. Why even write historical novels if you aren't going to stick to historical facts? While there are some who believe that authors [...]

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

Books don't have the luxury of the visual effects that a television show or movie has. We can't see a time period prop when watching a scene unfold and we can't see the character's clothes. Of course, you don't want to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Three: Elements: Characteristics,Traits, and Behavior #historicalromance

Whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit. That's just one of the secrets to writing Historical novels that people will love to read. They don't want to read about a man or a woman who acts as though it's 2018 when the novel is set in the 1800s. It [...]

Deleted Scene ~ In the Land of Gold #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading #amreadingromance

I can't remember why this scene was deleted, but I can guess it was because of story flow. After Cora wakes up in Flynn's tent, hungover and failing to remember much, they argue and she storms out. To bring them together again, of course, he chases after her, which flowed more smoothly then adding in [...]

The REAL woman behind A Road Paved in Copper #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #western #amreading

I've gotten this question before, and the answer is yes. So what is the question? "Have I ever used real women as inspiration for my characters?" Anyone who knows my dad knows he likes to tell stories. One afternoon while visiting my parents, he started telling me this story about the woman who founded a [...]

What is your Burlesque name? #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance

Want to do something fun today? Take a few minutes to figure out what your Burlesque name would be. I know what you're thinking: what is she talking about? Why would I want to do that? Well, honestly, I don't really know why other than it's just something to make you laugh. And don't we [...]