It’s been awhile. I feel like I have been on a long journey, but I am drawing a deep breath like Sam Gamgee and starting over.
But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.
He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said”
–Lord of the Rings: Return of King– JRR Tolkien
I finished my first book two years ago and I submitted it to be published. It was rejected by each publisher, but one was kind enough to give me feedback. They said they liked the setting and plot, but my characters were lacking and the plot dragged. It was good feedback and I thought I would pick it back up and try again. However, each time I tried, I told myself I was a terrible writer and why was I even trying. I lost my enthusiasm for that particular project and eventually I snuffed out my own desire to write. I lived in a cold, dark abyss for many months, so I decided to stop writing for a while.
Last fall, I decided to get back to the reason I wanted to write a book in the first place. It was because I love to read! I have always enjoyed escaping this world for a little while to a new one and to see what the characters will do. I devoured Tolkien’s Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings back in the early 90s. I even wrote a twenty five page fan fiction about Legolas’ love life before I ever saw Orlando Bloom portray him on the screen.
I decided I should read a book that I would want to write. So for the last six months, I have read fifty romance novels. I realized I love Regency Romance. You would think I already knew that by the number of times I have watched the 2008 BBC version of “Sense and Sensibility” but sometimes it takes awhile for me to catch on. With each book I picke dup, I analyzed it by character and by plot, why it worked for me and or why it didn’t. I enjoy Sarah Eden’s characters and setting. I love Julianne Donaldson’s setting and the witty dialogue of her characters. I laughed out loud at a scene in Edenbrooke that still makes me chuckle when I think of it.
I have also enjoyed Nancy Campbell Allen’s steampunk fairy tales twists from “Beauty and the Clockwork Beast” to her recent book “Kiss of the Spindle.” I love her steampunk world and the way she twists the traditional fairy tails in a new light. I love that she has strong heroine’s that challenge their counterparts.
I am super excited to announce that my spark was lit and now my fire is going well. I am going to write a Regency Romance of my own! It is about a kind hearted, but passive Harriet Crutchfield who lives in the shadow of her charismatic and heir to the family fortune, Andrew. She is in love with her brother’s best friend, the talented and smart Theodore Montgomery. Unforunately, as Theo is an only child he thinks sees Harriet as a little sister. It isn’t until the boys are in a lot of trouble and Harriet orchestrates an elaborate plan to save them that Theo realizes the woman has been looking he has known all along.