A Subconscious Attraction to History

A Subconscious Attraction to History

I’m a romance junkie, I admit that.  But what I love more than a good romance novel, is good historical fiction.  What can I say?  A well crafted historical setting sucks me into a story just as quickly as well rounded characters and witty dialog.

There are three time periods that immediately catch my attention as a reader.

1. Medieval

2. Regency

3. Victorian

Now, while those three catch my attention right away, it doesn’t mean that other historical time periods don’t interest me.  If the right elements are there, then I’ll give it a try.

As a writer, I find I gravitate towards historical settings.  The story comes easier if it’s set in another time period.  Why?  I haven’t a foggy clue, but I’m intrigued by the phenomenon all the same.

In the past two years, I’ve made notes for a dozen stories in my writing journal.  None of them conform to any semblance of a pattern.

1. Early Victorian

2. Late Victorian/Time Travel

3. Twisted Fairy Tale/Medieval

4. Medieval

5. 1923 Prohibition/Jazz Age

6. Mid 1870s Western

7. Romantic Suspense/Contemporary/Paranormal

8. 1980s/Contemporary/Time Travel

None of these stories interact.  They are all unique to themselves.  Do you see a pattern?  Yeah, most of them are historical.  One of the most frustrating things about writing historical fiction is the research.

It is very easy to get lost in the research for one specific time period.  When I wrote my first novel, An Irresistible Shadow, I thought I would drown in research for the mid 14th Century.  I worried about not being accurate, being inconsistent, and worse…using modern slang by mistake!  Fear of making these mistakes didn’t keep me from writing the story though.  In fact, it only strengthened my resolve to finish it.

I’ve embraced my subconscious attraction to the past, to the history that laid the foundation of our world.  After all, isn’t history just one enormous story?

Tell me your favorite time period.  Has a specific piece of historical fiction wormed it’s way into your heart?

A Time for Collaboration

I know I promised you tidbits about my upcoming novel, An Irresistible Shadow.  For those of you who are dying to know, it will be released on September 13th from Breathless Press!

Now, onto today’s topic.  Collaboration.

Writers by nature are solitary creatures.  Most of us are introverts and prefer to be left alone to pursue their craft.  While this is true for me, I love having fellow writers nearby, in case I need some moral support or a shot of creativity.

Robyn is one such writer.  I keep her close.  She is a fount of invaluable information and creative inspiration.  There have been many times where we discussed our works and were able to push through the blocks hindering our progress.  We began a project together, kind of a fun project just after the insanity of NaNo last year.  We call it Bedroom Four.  It has four main characters.  She took two, and I took two.  Robyn and I have very different writing styles, but for this story, we chose the direction of our characters and then found a way to blend them together with a common theme.

Unfortunately, due to both our schedules, we are unable to work on Bedroom Four at the moment. But, we will return to it at some point in the near future.  This delightful taste of collaboration made me want to do it again.

This time, I found a partner in the most interesting of places.  My best friend’s husband is an avid reader, but not a writer.  While we chatted about writing one day, I told him about a new story idea I had.  Before I knew it, we had all the characters, setting, and most of the plot lined out.  Now, it’s a collaboration.  I couldn’t have gotten this far, this fast, without his help.  The story is taking on a life of its own and I love it.  You can have one hint….Twisted Fairy Tale.  Have I sufficiently teased you?  Good.

It seems that this moment in my writing career is about collaboration.  And I’m okay with that.  I like seeing someone as passionate as I am about the same project!

I’m still learning…how to share, how to not take criticism personally, how to negotiate, and how to resolve conflict.  And I believe collaboration is a great way to teach me these things.  To be a well rounded writer, I must be open to all things.

So how do you feel about collaborations?  Would you try it?

An Irresistible Shadow

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Meet my baby.  My first novel.  I have been busy working with the publisher, Breathless Press, and my editor.  Fiona Jayde, my wicked talented cover artist, sent me this gorgeous cover last week.  I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.  I have an amazing crew supporting me as I venture into this new world.  They gave me this wonderful opportunity to share my book.  This week, I wanted to share a sneak peek of the cover with you all.  Enjoy.

I will post next week on my publishing journey!  Stay tuned.  And keep checking back for updates for a release date!  🙂

Hugs, Kirsten