I have always found history fascinating. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History. I have studied topics like Historical Methods and Historiography deeply. Honestly, this is my passion.
I never set out to write a specific story. I wanted to write an American Historical and I wanted to place it in the same era as Regency England.
I knew a lot about Colonial and Revolutionary America but I didn’t feel I knew the Federalist and Jeffersonian time periods as well. Being familiar with times and dates of significant events is not the same as knowing the social history. To me social history means the daily routines, what people eat, how they eat, how do they gather socially, the philosophies that are influencing people. What memes are they exchanging back and forth? What are the social norms in that culture and how do people reconcile their innate drives with those norms? Who breaks the social taboos, why do they do it and how and where do they break the rules? What collective threats do they face, both real and imagined? How do these fears bring them together and tear them apart?
I wanted to understand all these questions at a very deep level and so I spent about six months immersing myself in study of the time period. I started with basic materials, like encyclopaedias and then moved to books, articles from scholarly journals. Then I went on to read lots of letters, diaries, newspapers and literature from the period. I let myself follow one train of topic after another.
It is not as easy to study American cultural history in this time period, as it is the English Regency. There is a wealth of information freely shared in the community of writers and scholars of the English Regency. But to study the United States in time one really has to read many sources and really dig deeply to begin to put a picture together of what it was really like to live in that time period. America was both the same and different and the ways in which it veered from European culture could be subtle and complex.
I concentrated my study on the three major northern cities: Boston, New York and Philadelphia. These three cities had similarities and differences that set them apart. It’s very interesting to get into the settlement history and migration patterns that built the particular customs and history for these locations. The deeper I got into my subject matter, the more story ideas began to follow. The result of all of this has grown into the Carte Blanche series.
Sometimes now as I am writing, I need to find a specific piece of information. Little bits of information can be easy or devilishly challenging to find. For myself, I find that it is better to come at the story from a perspective of understanding how the time period works, rather than trying to take a story and graft history onto it. History often will prove a most stubborn partner in this approach.
One thing I have learned is to never assume anything when dealing with history. Never even assume you know something you previously knew if it has been a while since you studied that topic. Always refer to notes. Human memory is fallible. Never assume something everyone takes for granted as truth. It could be a popular culture myth. Don’t take one source as valid, always cross check several sources. History is a medium to be used, just like a chemist working in a lab. History notes are like his reagents. He would never dream of mixing chemicals that he hadn’t verified as being the correct ones. He would never dream of not checking his notes and procedures.
At the same time studying history seriously means uncovering some popularly accepted “facts” for the cultural myths they are. After that, these myths have a tendency to irk when they are repeated as fact. That’s just a negative side effect of studying history. Then of course it leads to a very humbling conclusion. “Wow, outside of my area of concentration, I can’t be sure of anything. I can’t be sure of any historical fact without having seen for myself that it is supported by real, objective sources.”
And that conclusion can be applied to so many areas of life. History teaches so many valuable lessons.
What do you like best about history?
Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.
But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.
But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey’s materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.
For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?
I have always been a daydreamer who told myself stories of love and romance set in other times and places for my own pleasure. Eventually my story worlds became so real, they demanded to be brought out of my imagination and onto the page. It gives me great joy to finally share them with you. I hope you enjoy my story world.
I am married to my own hero and we share our life with a very quirky calico cat. I hold a BA in History and I especially enjoy studying social history and biography and this is where most of my story ideas come from. I like to know my characters from the bones outward, the air they breathe, the food they eat, the thoughts and social movements and morals that were influencing them in their times.
I also enjoy reading psychology and sociology and literature. I enjoy music from many different genres.
I write emotional, evocative, Erotic Historical Romance from the Georgian and Regency Eras, set in both England and America. Whether they are bold or shy, my heroines’ strong desires and deep emotions drive the plot—and drive their heroes to the point of no return.
You can usually find me hard at work researching and writing my next story.
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