As some of you may have figured out by now, I am the least likely to be called anything remotely similar to a lady. I can be blunt, in-your-face, with a just a dash of bawdiness. I’m an action junkie and you have to have a heck of a hook to reel me in. I’m so used to edge of the cliff action thrillers like James Rollins and Steve Berry, or wonderful historical romance writers like Marsha Canham that write realism into every page that it’s very difficult to draw me into a story.
And I won’t lie, I swore when the regency craze started that I would NEVER write a regency romance. I just didn’t think writing about balls and dancing could be interesting enough to keep my ADD self happy for very long. But that was before I met and fell in love with each of my regency crit partners who bring a dash of something different to each of their stories. And *hangs my head in shame* I must admit I am becoming more and more captivated by this fascinating era of romance, intrigue, and mystery.
This era is ripe with conflict. I’m amazed at some of the things I’ve managed to dig up and I’ve spent hours reading about this little part of history. It’s truly amazing how much change the world in general went through in so short a time, isn’t it?
So when Ava Stone decided we should all write a regency Christmas anthology together I admit I was hesitant. I mean what do I know about the regency era? I know about ships and all things nautical, cowboys, and castles but I didn’t have a clue anything regency. I don’t even think I’ve read but a handful. Not to mention how different it would be from my normal “voice.” And then Ava said, “It doesn’t have to be like a traditional regency. Take your voice and what you know (like ships) and use it.” So the idea was planted in my head and it took root. Well twenty thousand words later, I’ve written the end to my short story and I’m hoping regency readers will like my version of the regency era. Because I’ll be honest, I’ve taken the ton by storm and dropped them on their proverbial heads LOL. They don’t really know what to think about my characters and it was truly a blast writing it. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and I realize that but then again maybe it will. I would never have known if I hadn’t tried. So I’ll remember to thank Ms. Ava Stone for the hours upon hours of wasted time as I’m researching lol.
This little foray into the regency world has fueled more than a curiosity about the time period. So, I’ve planned a new series of full length novels and I can’t wait to write them.
This world is full of fascinating stuff! I ran across this little jewel at Amazon that I am going to get The Regency Underworld by Donald A. Low http://www.amazon.com/Regency-Underworld-Donald-Low/dp/0750921218
Smuggling during the regency era has become a new fascination for me and I’m delving in with both feet. I’ve found a few good websites but I’m still on the prowl for books. Here’s a few I’ve found: http://auroraregency.blogspot.com/2011/03/cornish-smugglers-by-fenella-j-miller.html
Absolutely loved this website on smuggling it was full of information and I’m hoping someone can give me a book that is similar as I’m really into this kind of research. http://www.smuggling.co.uk/history.html
And don’t get me started on the weapons and war with Napoleon as we’ll be here all day. Here’s a little gem I ran across http://www.warof1812.ca/weapons.html
And I’m sure you all already know about this one http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ which has excellent info too. So I’m really interested now and I plan to dig deeper into the smuggling world and darker side of the regency.
So fill me up with what you know. Drop me some links, recommend some books, and I challenge you to show me your expertise. What is the most unusual thing you’ve run across in your research that others may or may not know? Dazzle me, ladies and gents. The ball is in your home court now. Show me whacha got!