Writing and Why I Love It

The Money Bird

Many thanks to the lovely Sheila Webster Boneham for  asking me a few questions about my writing. Like all authors, I am obsessed with the art of storytelling, and Sheila has indulged my fascination by getting me to talk about it.

1) What am I working on?

I am begining a novel about Highlander brothers who bring their wild little sister South to marry among the unsuspecting ton, only to find love for themselves. There’s a lot of potential for family humor as well as romance as the culture of the Highlands of Scotland clashes, (well, runs over) the prissy ways of the London elite. I am having a blast with it.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think every novel is a complete and total creature unto itself. In Regency romance, which is what I write, a lady and her hero have to find each other, and eventually work their way to a marriage at the end, just like a Shakespearean comedy. The genre of the romance novel is like a haiku in that the measured beats that get the couple together vary little from book to book. The challenge for the writer comes in breathing life into those beats, as the hero and heroine approach each other almost like a dance, through the twists and turns of the plot, and fall in love in spite of themselves.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I am in love with love. I think that love, romantic and otherwise, is what makes the world a vibrant place, and is what binds us all together as a species. We all love someone, often many someones, so we all understand the experience of sacrificing for those we love, and putting those we love ahead of our own needs. Often the people in my books begin as selfish beings who learn, step by step, to work for the good of someone other than themselves. Love teaches us to be better people, and I find that with every romance I write, I become a better person for having written yet another love story.

4) How does your writing process work?

Every book I have ever written (I’m on number 6 now) begins when the characters show up and tell me who they are. I have a background as an actor in the theatre, so my heros and heroines show up much the same way as the characters I’ve played onstage have come to me: whole and complete, ready to tell me about themselves and their adventures. So then I have to sit at the computer and get it all down. And for those many moments when I am not at the computer, I have to have a notebook and pen onhand to capture anything they might want to tell me.

Two of my friends, the historical fiction authors Stephanie Dray and Jo Ann Butler have agreed to answer the same questions for me. I love hearing how other writers work, what their motivations are, and why they spend all the time they do telling tales. Tune in here next Monday, March 17 and I’ll link you to their sites so that you can hear what their passions are.


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