A while ago, Marilyn Brant took part in a Austenesque Pride & Prejudice “Choose Your Own Adventure” round robin. I read her segment, and loved it. I was not surprised. I’d noticed she has that “Austen voice” in her books; especially her women’s fiction. After I left my comment, I emailed Marilyn to tell her she was pitch perfect and to ask if she every thought of writing a historical romance. Her reply inspired today’s topic, and she gave me permission to quote her:
“…it was the first time I’d ever wondered if writing something historical might be possible for me after all. I’d always dismissed the idea because I figured that the research into the Regency era would be too hard to learn.”
I understand her fear that she might get details wrong. This is one reason I don’t write mysteries. In addition, I don’t want to research murder and torture. It makes me feel queasy. I’d much rather research raising kittens and making Italian food or baking pies. Or making ice cream sundaes.
Right now, I’m researching pet food. My cat and dog are picky eaters, and I’ve been thinking of making their food myself. As a bonus, I can use it in my Rescued Hearts series. I’ve already learned fascinating facts. Did you know that just a whiff of rosemary can “sharpen the brain and overcome fatigue”? And as well as being a digestive aid, rosemary is “beneficial for the heart, liver, and eyes, and it helps improve hair and coat quality.”
The quotes are from The Whole Pet Diet by Andi Brown, and she says she could write an entire book about “the incredible healing properties of this aromatic, culinary herb.”
Does that excite you? It does me. I want to burn rosemary scented candles while I write to make my brain sharper. And garlic is a miracle herb (and/or vegetable) that I could go on and on about, but I’ll spare you.
Even though I’m not a huge sports fan, I buy books with professional hockey and football players, etc., as heroes. I enjoy reading about people doing their best. And though I don’t play a musical instrument, I’ve had musician heroes in two books. I love music, so why not put that love into my books?
What excites you? What are your interests that you’d like to see in a book?