As a friend once pointed out, the crotchety dowagers do tend to get all the best lines. That may be why I have so many of them in my books.
Did I invent anything? I don't think so, not really. But if I've helped make history fun... then my work here is done.
Ever since reading Jean Plaidy's 'Queen in Waiting,' I've felt deep admiration for Caroline of Ansbach.
Every young girl wants to be a princess. Then, when you find a real-life one, it's very easy to imagine yourself in that role.
I never sat down and said, 'I'm going to write historical fiction with strong romantic elements.' It was just the way the stories went.
I tend to navigate by indirection, meaning that most of the major things in my life have happened when I've been thinking about something else.
I think sex is a very minor part of most romance novels.
I'm not sure that teaching a Core course is necessarily the best introduction to teaching.
If I stay in academia, I might end up going someplace random.
My books fall in the wobbly middle between historical fiction and historical romance.
My official field was Tudor-Stuart England; I also considered myself reasonably competent when it came to Renaissance and Reformation Europe.
My own inclination is to skew towards humor. They say that some people view life as a comedy, others as a tragedy. Me? Comedy all the way.
People who would never sneer at sci-fi and murder mysteries have no trouble damning the whole romance genre without reading one.
Romance tends to be the whipping boy of genre fiction.
When I'm in heavy-duty writing mode, there's something great about reading a series. Soothing, but not distracting too much.
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