Today, across social media, authors are sharing why they write historical romance. We’re inviting readers to do the same for why they read historical romance. If you search for the hashtag #WhyIWriteHistoricals or #WhyIReadHistoricals, you can find their stories. Here’s mine.
I write historical romances because I find history romantic. Long dresses, men with shining swords, times when a kiss on the hand and a look across a room meant everything. Candlelit dinners (candlelit anything!), carriage rides, dancing the night away--what’s not to love?
I write historical romances because I find history surprising. Someone tried to rescue Napoleon with a submarine. Horses in pioneer Seattle didn’t need horseshoes because there were no paved roads. A Regency-era corset was custom-made and didn’t make breathing difficult. I love learning things I never knew!
I write historical romances because I find history inspiring. Thousands of men gave their lives to defeat the tyranny of a man determined to conquer Europe and England. Women stood up for their rights to vote so that I can vote today. America’s ancestors crossed oceans and continents to make new lives for themselves. What am I willing to do for what I believe?
I write historical romances because I love them. I love the stories, and I love the history. What about you?