Hello, new friends and fellow readers! I’m Christy Carlyle and I’m thrilled to be the newest Genre-ista at Romancing the Genres. What genre do I write? The answer isn’t neat and tidy. How much fun would that be anyway? To be honest, I read just about anything in the romance genre that I can get my hands on. Reading inevitably leads to ideas, and the result is a bulging file of plots, characters and story ideas for everything from historical to contemporary romance, paranormal, YA and romantic suspense.
My first love is and always will be historical romance. Even as a kid, I romanticized the past, particularly British history. I am certain that passion is a result of my grandparents' influence. Grandpa’s bookish ways combined with Grandma’s British heritage to boil up some kind of hocus pocus that transformed me into a diehard bookworm and brit-o-phile. To prove it, I have collected more British history books than I have room for and spent (far too little) time living in Ireland and England. I even married a Brit. Though, he would firmly insist that he is a Scotsman first and foremost.
My historical romances and romantic mysteries are set in the Victorian era. To me, it’s a period that oozes writing possibilities…dark, narrow tenement alleys, gaslight glittering on rain soaked cobblestone, corsets, cravats, and drawing rooms full of drama. If they ever get that time machine thing right, you know where I’m going!
Where did I come from? Pounding out stories on my mom’s green Hermes 3000 typewriter, I spent my early years in northwest Indiana. In the Midwest, I shivered in the winters, sweltered in the summers, and gloried in the colorful autumns and springs. I sometimes miss the sharply defined four seasons of Indiana, but I love the lush and rainy climate of western Oregon too. With a Scottish husband and that British wannabe heart of mine, rainy days suit me just fine.
I am a follower of this blog, so it is an honor to be a contributor. Thank you in advance for reading my posts and commenting too. I look forward to hearing from you.
If, like me, you’re a historical romance writer or reader, what inspires your love of the genre?