The Historical Romance Network is hosting a celebration of Historical Romance today using the hashtags #WhyIWriteHistoricals & #WhyIReadHistoricals. Hop over to Twitter and search those tags– you’ll be delighted, I am sure!
My love of history and stories starts with my father, who eschewed the usual children’s story books and instead read us Longfellow. I remember crying all through Evangeline, but at the same time feeling deeply for the parted lovers. Stories that evoked timeless emotions became a passion. After I’d exhausted classic children’s stories of ‘girls in skirts’ (Like Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), I ventured into the adult section of the library and discovered Victoria Holt. Whoa! History, jeopardy, and love? More, please.
About the same time I found my aunt’s stash of Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland books and I was introduced to the Glittering Regency. That, my friends, was the end. No matter what was happening in real life, I knew I could escape to a world where manners reigned supreme & broken hearts would always mend.