The first romance novel I had ever read was a historical. I can tell you I was hooked. Nothing matter more to me than getting my next book. Instead of doing school work, I was reading. Luckily, I still managed to pass my classes.
So when it came to writing a novel, I—of course—had to write a historical romance. I have written a couple before I actually had my first novel, The Marriage Alliance, published then came Claiming the Highlander.
I have always loved history. To me, history is the way we can time-travel—experience the different lives and times. While I’m writing my novels like my medieval Highlander novels I am a clan chieftain raiding my enemies lands or I am a Scottish heroine struggling to stay alive against an evil English baron trying to kill me (my next novel The Laird’s Right, which is coming soon).
I have loved history since childhood when I would stare at my mother’s porcelain doll dressed as Marie Antoinette. My child’s imagination would transport me to 18th century France.
As I started school, I wanted to learn all about the past. The details from fashion, food to even the mundane like how they stood. I swore that I could somehow become them and once knowing the information, I naturally turned to writing.
Because I just didn’t want to know it. I wanted to lay down these characters’ I concocted so that they could exist. And history is written down to be shared. You heard of method acting well I’m a method writer.
I love traveling to the Highlands of Medieval Scotland.
And to Regency England.
And Montana Territory in 1870s.
And 16th century Scotland.
I hope you will join me on one of my travels. Sign up for my newsletter at Mageela Troche
Tell me what is one of your favorite time periods. Where would you escape?
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2 thoughts on “Romancing History: A Romance Author’s Love of the Past”
I started out reading historical romance, too. When I scratched out my first couple of books, they were Victorian Era time-travels. Today, I prefer writing contemporary romance, but I’ll read contemporary and an occasional historical. From my early readings, I can understand why you love the past.
There are many great contemporary romances out there. We each have our voice and talent for bringing story to life. I cannot do that with contemporaries. I think I’m “too close” to do that. So, glad you can do it since I’m a reader too.
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