Change of Life
Megan, like me, isn't talking about THAT change of life. And I'm still a few years away from that. But this entry in her journal, is very disturbing - almost more disturbing that the thought of menopause!
You see, unlike Megan, I'm not certain I COULD write a contemporary novel. Those kind of ideas just don't come to me. I envy her a lot. For me, historical is just so much a part of me I can't imagine doing anything else. Not only do I write historical, I read historical fiction/romance/mysteries, watch historical movies (Lady Jane, A Knight's Tale etc) and watch documentaries about Alexander the Great, Troy, British history etc. Not that I'm completely weird - my dh and I also love watching American Chopper and Biker Build Off, as well as MI-5 and House.
Even most of my non-fiction writing is history related - family history, articles about people and events from the past or those who write about them. And, of course, my reviews of historical fiction.
Am I shooting myself in the foot with this obsession with history? Some might say yes. And if my ONLY goal in my fiction writing was to get published, they'd be right. But I don't write JUST to be published (though that would be great). I write for myself. Telling the stories that rattle around in my head - all of which take place in the past.
So, despite the fact that at least some historical romance authors are now being encouraged to move into the 21st century, I'm going to stick with what I do best. What comes naturally to me. In the end, I know if one of those stories strikes the right chord in an editor, it will find a home in the wider world. If not, well, so be it. I'll still be happy, writing stories of love and adventure set in times gone by.