When I’m asked why I prefer to write historical romances, particularly romances set in the American Old West, more than other genres, my response is this:
Every historical I write allows me to follow rabbits down research rabbit holes. I’ve discovered the most intriguing and amazing tidbits of history in my historical research wonderland. Researching is my ‘happy place’. It’s important to me to have the details in my stories as historically accurate as possible.
Reason 2—Living vicariously in the past
While I’m writing a story set in the past, I get to travel to a different place and time and live in someone else’s shoes, so-to-speak. I’m like Anthony Marston in the movie Quigley Down Under: “…Some men [women] are born in the wrong century.” All my life I’ve felt out-of-place living in our ‘modern’ world. So when I transport myself to the time in which my characters are living, I’m in another one of my ‘happy places’.
Reason 3—Challenge of overcoming inconveniences
I like writing stories that lack modern day conveniences. Without the familiar amenities we’re accustomed to, there are so many juicy complications for the characters to face, deal with, and overcome that otherwise could be written away with a call on the cell phone or by hopping an airplane. There are countless possibilities for plot complications in the areas of communication, transportation, physical relationships (particularly in the area of limited contraceptive options), and medicine—to name but a few.
So, if you’re also a reader of western historical romances, you might enjoy my book, The Comanchero’s Bride, a western tale of love, jealousy, and revenge in the Old West.
Until next time,
Writing the West one romance upon a time
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