The other day, I was writing a scene for a new historical romance novel. My fingers flew across the keyboard as I ventured back to the another century…
Glancing from side to side looking for a place to hide, she willed her feet to move. Would this be how it would all end for her – a moment’s decision sealing her destiny?…
Of all the genres I enjoy writing, historical romance is my favorite. However, there are some days when it’s clear to me that I’ve spent a bit too much time in the days before modern technology.
If you write historical fiction, you know exactly what I mean. So, just for fun, I’ve listed six surefire ways to know that you’re a writer of historical fiction…
1. You’re getting ready for a family outing and you ask your husband to please hitch up the wagon instead of start the car.
2. Speaking of husbands, although your husband’s name is Lon, you find yourself calling him Thad, Caleb, Will, Gabe, Zach, Jonah, Nate, or Matthias because you’ve spent so much time with your male protagonists.
3. You say “I reckon” far too often.
4. Your kids are beginning to call you “Ma.”
5. No more, “hop in the car, let’s go!” but rather, “hitch up the wagon, we’re goin’ to town”.
6. You reach for a bonnet instead of a baseball cap to cover a bad hair day.
7. Your family doesn’t let you visit museums anymore because they know that when you visit, you become so engrossed in the historical photos that you never want to leave. Or you quip that if you were born in the 1800s, you would for certain shop at the millinery.
They clearly don’t understand that gazing for a mere few hours at antiques and old photographs gives you 10-years-worth of inspiration!
You are thereby grounded until further notice from any and all museums.
There you have it! Six ways to know you might a historical romance (or historical fiction of any genre!) writer.
Now back to the past I go!