Thanks for having me as your guest. After two successful careers, first in teaching then in disaster relief, I embarked on writing a
romance, mainly because it was
something I’d always wanted to do. I chose the medieval period because it’s my
favorite to read.
I have a keen interest in genealogy. This hobby has had a tremendous influence on my stories. I based the plot of my first novel, Conquering Passion, on a bizarre incident that actually happened to a Norman noblewoman.
My medieval romances are tales of family honor, ancestry, and roots. As an amateur genealogist, I cherished a dream of tracing my own English roots back to the Norman Conquest—most likely impossible since I am not descended from nobility! This led me to make up a family and my stories follow its members through successive generations.
I want readers to feel happy that the heroes and heroines have found their soul mates and that the power of love has overcome every obstacle. For me, novels are an experience of another world or time. I lose myself in the characters’ lives, always knowing they will triumph in the end and find love.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research necessary to provide readers with an authentic medieval experience. I love ferreting out bits of historical trivia I never knew! But I have to admit I sometimes “tinker” with the facts to make for a more readable story (and to ensure a happy ending). For example the noblewoman whose life inspired Conquering Passion didn’t live a happy life, and if I hadn’t changed some of the names in my latest novel, Pride of the Clan, every male would have been called Robert!
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