Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lessons in History

This is my first post at Romancing the Past and I want to thank my fellow Carina Press historical authors for letting me hang out here. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great group of authors!

I'm both excited and a little scared my first historical romance novella Lessons In Indiscretion will be published June 20th. I've been published for the last five years but it's all been mostly contemporary romances. Writing a historical has always been a dream of mine but I was too intimidated. Afraid I would get details wrong, facts wrong...and that I would be called out on it. Too much of a risk, I told myself.

Especially when you look at my first historical attempts. So. Awful. You see, historical romances were my first love. Lavyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught...I gobbled their books up like candy. I told myself, "You could do this." And so I set out to write a grand, epic historical romance novel.

My attempts were awful. All fits and starts and out of order scenes and lots of telling and lots and lots of adverbs (I love adverbs - they get a bad rap but my past use of them was ridiculous).

Eventually I allowed life to get in the way and the next thing you know, fifteen years flew by. When I started writing seriously toward publication back in late 2005 I considered attempting a historical but told myself, "Nooooo".

I'm glad I finally got the courage to try. And I thank Lavyrle, Julie, Jude and Judith for giving me such inspiration way back in the day. I wouldn't be here without them. Seriously.

(I'm having an awesome contest over on my blog where I'm giving away a KINDLE! Check out all the details on my contest page!)

Also, check out my book trailer for Lessons In Indiscretion!

Do you have any favorite old historical romances? Let's reminisce!


Wendy Soliman said...

Welcome! I'm with you on awful first attempts but I used the basic plot of one I wrote years ago for a book that was subsequently published by a respect London house. Moral of the story: nothing's ever wasted.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Welcome to Romancing the Past. Your book cover is gorgeous! Best of luck.

Claire Robyns said...

Your trailer is amazing. Hot! Historical romance was my first love, but it also took me a long while before I trusted in myself enough to write one.

Congrats on your release and welcome to the blog

Karen Erickson said...

Hey thanks, ladies! I meant to come over here yesterday and comment and I'm out of town at the moment so....yeah. It's a little hectic around here. :)

Eliza Knight said...

Great video! Can't wait for your release! I agree its never too late to start! As far as older historical romances I am a huge Julie Garwood and Jude Devereux fan--their books from the 80's and early 90's mostly.

Karen Erickson said...

Thanks Eliza! I totally agree - I love Jude's and Julie's old historicals. :)