07-21-18 Patricia Sargeant

Thursday, January 22, 2015



My resolution for 2015 is to write more. I know I have said this before, but I feel that I need to up the ante so to speak and write, write, write.

We had a quiet Christmas, my 2 granddaughters were overseas visiting their other grandmother, so the number around our Christmas lunch table was only four.

I didn’t even bother to farewell 2014 or herald the birth of 2015, although illegal fireworks going off in the neighborhood from dusk until dawn was very annoying. The barking of terrified dogs did not help either. As I lay in bed, wondering why I bothered to even try to sleep with so much noise going on, I made my New Year resolution. I was going to be inspired. To finish my WIP and start on something new. It must have worked as I have just sent off my latest novel to my editor, the first of several I hope.

So how can I get this elusive inspiration for my work in progress, or for that matter, all my novels? Fortunately for me, I write historical romance, so delving into my family tree is a great resource for me.

Like the heroines in my novels, my forebears left their native shores in sailing ships to forge a new life in the untamed frontiers of colonial Australia. They battled bushfires, hardship and the tyranny of distance in an inhospitable and savage land, where only the tough and resilient would survive. They not only survived but prospered in ways that would not have been possible for them had they stayed in England, Ireland and Scotland.

I admire heroines who are resourceful, not afraid to fight for her family and the man she loves. I want my readers to be cheering for her, willing her to obtain her goals, to overcome the obstacles put in her way by rugged frontier men who think they only want a wife to beget sons.  A chance for revenge.  To consolidate their fortunes. That love is for fools.  Oh, the victory for the reader when these tough, ruthless men succumb to the heroine’s bravery and beauty and are prepared to risk all, even their lives, to save her.

This is why I write historical romance, and will continue to do so in 2015. I hope you will follow me on this journey. My goal is four novels/novellas, but if I get sufficiently inspired, maybe five.

Dangerous Birthright will be my first novel for 2015. It is the sequel to Falsely Accused. Both books are published by Books We Love.

FALSELY ACCUSED: 1820's England. Robbed of his birthright and falsely accused of murder, American Jake Smith, is exiled to the penal colony of Australia.
DANGEROUS BIRTHRIGHT: The sequel to Falsely Accused - Due out February/March 2015. 
Can an English aristocrat go against society and marry the daughter of convicts?



Judith Ashley said...

Good for you, Margaret!

I can't imagine you won't meet your goals. Do you break it down to words per day or hours at the computer or days per week of writing?

Wishing you much success on your 2015 Inspired Goals! (Sleepless nights are sometimes a blessing!)

I really like your covers also!

Sarah Raplee said...

Congratulations on completing Dangerous Birthright! Writing more is certainly a worthy goal, and one you are on track to accomplish.