Juggling Worlds: A Fiction Writer’s Adventure

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This week I have had the pleasure of living in two worlds: the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the world of Regency England. As I write the Regency romance series Shakespeare in Love for Sourcebooks, I find myself immersed daily in a past that I have visited often as a reader, but only now have come to live in as a writer. I have been exploring the challenges of bringing Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to life in a new way and in a new setting, this time in Regency England just after Bonaparte has been defeated and my hero returns from the war. Anthony Carrington comes home to an arranged marriage to a woman he likely would have never chosen for himself.  Caroline Montague, the daughter of his commanding officer, will be left penniless and alone upon her father’s death if Anthony does not marry her. He agrees to take her on, in spite of her wild ways, and a great deal of Shakespearean fun ensues.

Of course, in his efforts to control and dominate his bride, Anthony does not resort to starvation as Petruchio does in The Taming of the Shrew. And Caroline does not conform to her husband’s demands, but struggles to be accepted as an equal, something unheard of at the time. So needless to say, I am having a ball mediating between these two, knowing always that true love will triumph in the end. One of the wonderful blessings of romance.

The second world I have been living in is, of course, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s. True love does not win in Eleanor’s world, and power, the by word of Eleanor’s life,  is almost always elusive. This week I had the pleasure of answering questions about Eleanor and her world for RT Book Reviews. Thinking of Eleanor and reminding myself of all the reasons I adore her, why others adore her as well, is always a joy, and no more so than when people ask me about her. She is an amazing woman with more facets than we fiction writers will ever fully explore.

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It is always a joy to move between the worlds of my fiction, to explore my characters’ lives and to take part in their adventures. And there are always more stories shimmering on the horizon, along the edge of the ocean of imagination on which I sail. I look forward always to the next port, the next elusive shore on which I will wash up, only to discover the next story that is waiting to be told.

I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again. I am a lucky woman indeed.

5 Responses to “Juggling Worlds: A Fiction Writer’s Adventure

  • Andrea P. Lozano
    8 years ago

    I love that you describe the historical timeframe that you write about. I love those historical quips. It transports me to that period, giving me scenes in my minds eye. My imagination is so strong that in reading your descriptions, I seem to be “watching a movie in my mind” as I read the scenes you have written in your books. You do it so well and I am thankful that I have been an audience to your work.

  • Christy
    8 years ago

    Andrea thank you so much…that is part of my job as a writer, to make the story flow for you, almost as if you are seeing it with me. The magic of the written word. I am so thrilled to hear that with you, I have succeeded. 🙂

  • I love Eleanor and Alais for their optimism – a trait they got from you!

  • Leah Weller
    8 years ago

    This was an enjoyable post and made me smile.

  • Christy
    8 years ago

    Thank you Leah. 🙂 And thank you, Jo Ann…I never think of Eleanor and Alais as optimists, but I guess they are. Eleanor says you are never defeated until you’re dead. 🙂

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