Archive for February, 2012

World Building and History

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 | The Writing Life | 4 Comments

With the latest Christine Blevins novel out as well as the latest Christine Trent, I find myself swept up in different historical periods. I am fascinated by the wealth of stories that come into the world, born from the hard work and the passion of their authors.

In The Turning of Anne Merrick, Christine Blevins’ writes about colonial America and about women’s experiences as they build a new country. In By the King’s Design, Christine Trent writes of Regency England. Her heroine does not live in the Regency England where my characters live, a fantasy of handsome brooding men, silk gowns, and lustrous ballrooms. Annabelle Stirling is a draper who is solidly middle class, a shopkeeper who works for the Prince Regent, but who also sees the plight of the poor, people who are thrown into desperate suffering by the Corn Laws and a bad harvest.

I adore my own genres of 12th century historical fiction and romantic Regency England, but it is a thrill to dive into the worlds created by my peers, beautifully researched books that bring the past to life. I am grateful that with each new novel that comes into print, another world is born. As a writer and a reader, I am a world-hopper, constantly looking for the next book to kick back and enjoy.

Peeking Out of the Cave

Monday, February 6th, 2012 | The Writing Life | No Comments

I am happy to say that I have not disappeared for a month for some awful reason, but for a happy one…I became completely drawn into a revision. I do love the joy of watching a novel I thought I knew take on a new shape, coming closer and closer to the novel it is meant to be. It is a thrill to be a part of that process, and yet standing outside it at the same time, as I watch my characters interact and explore their world and each other. They have shown me things I never would have seen and taken  me to places I never would have been if we had not made these revisions. My characters are definitely my teachers.

Coming up this week on my blog, I am happy to host Christine Blevins. She is the author of the new novel THE TURNING OF ANNE MERRICK, which comes out tomorrow! I am always so thrilled to host an author during her launch week. Here is a description of her lovely novel… it sounds like a good one…

A tale of love and espionage from the author of Midwife of the Blue Ridge…

She spies for General Washington, betrays the Redcoats and battles for America’s independence…

It’s 1777, and a fledgling country wages an almost hopeless struggle against the might of the British Empire. Brought together by a fateful kiss, Anne Merrick and Jack Hampton are devoted to each other and to their Patriot cause. As part of Washington’s daring network of spies, they are ready and willing to pay even the ultimate price for freedom.

From battlefields raging along the Hudson, to the desperate winter encampment at Valley Forge and through the dangerous intrigue of British-occupied Philadelphia, Anne and Jack brave the trials of separation, the ravages of war and an unyielding enemy growing ever more ruthless.

For love and for country, all is put at risk-and together the pair must call upon their every ounce of courage and cunning in order to survive.

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