Firstly, my apologies to anyone who is following the blog tour and may have looked in on Monday for my post. Forces beyond my control, I'm afraid ~ my internet connection was down! So, here we go without any further ado:
My thanks to Mari Christie, who tagged me to take part in this Blog Tour. Mari is a professional writer, editor and designer from Denver, Colorado. She writes historical fiction, Regency romance and poetry.
For anyone new to this blog, my name is Heather King, writer, bookworm and mum (aka general dogsbody) to a varied menagerie. I write Regency romance, historical fiction and, as my alter ego, Vandalia Black, Vampire romance and shape shifter novels. I also write short stories for women's magazines.
I have always been a dreamer and as a child would go off for hours into a make-believe world peopled by imaginary characters. I've loved writing since I won a third prize in a short story competition at school when I was about seven. Apart from looking after my animals, I enjoy nothing better than to curl up with a good book.
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What am I working on?I have various projects on the go at the moment. This isn't unusual! Sometimes a longer work will be pushed aside when the idea for a shorter one grabs me and the characters won't give me any peace, or something else ~ such as a magazine story, for example ~ takes precedence. Currently I am working on a short story serial, a novella, editing my next-to-be-released Regency An Improper Marriage and a collection of vampire short stories, Vampires don't Drink Coffee.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?There appears to be a trend in some modern Regencies towards a 'contemporary tale with a bit of costuming thrown in'. The reader gets little sense of the worlds the characters inhabit, their mores or even what they eat! My characters (I hope) jump off the page, giving the reader a clear picture of what they are wearing, their mannerisms, meals and the settings in which they move. With the standards of Georgette Heyer as my template, I also like to think that my characters behave and speak as they would have done, rather than in some hybrid style employed to make the story more accessible to the modern reader. How dare we so presume? Who are we to treat our readers' intelligence with such condescension? I dare to hope my work contains a tiny morsel of GH's wit and fun. That is my aim.
Why do I write what I write?I love to write. I love to create a world to which I can withdraw and escape the pressures of modern life. I want to share that world with my readers, so they may also lose themselves in the fantasy for an hour or two. For most of us, reality is becoming increasingly demanding and the simplest pleasures are being left behind and forgotten amidst a world of technology. There is no doubt there was a seedy, treacherous side to life in Georgian times, but in general I like to follow the fabulous legacy of the genre bequeathed by its appointed queen and look more towards the gaiety, elegance and romance of a glorious time in British history. It gives me such a wonderful excuse to write about horses and gorgeous men in top boots and breeches! What more could a romance author wish for?
How does your writing process work?It begins with the seed of an idea. This can come from anywhere ~ mist shrouding the hills, a raindrop on a spider's web, a picture, a snippet of overheard conversation, a book title, a line of prose or a poem; even the antics of my animals. I let it grow naturally for a while until it starts to take over my thoughts. Then I will splurge some ideas down on a 'plot circle' or grid. For a novel or novella I will usually take that a step further on to a large sheet of paper, where I can go off at tangents. A rough chapter list of plot points follows ~ it is very rough as everything can change when I begin to write. I usually write a novel as I read one, but often refresh to foreshadow later ideas as the story develops.
A Sense of the Ridiculous
A list of outlets for my current Regency novel can be found in an earlier post... just scroll down. It is published by Musa Publishing, at http://musapublishing.com for kindle, mobile and computer and from Amazon UK via this link... http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00I04PYPE and Amazon US on this one... http://www.amazon.com/A-Sense-Ridiculous-Heather-King-ebook/dp/B00GCTZAPI
I now have pleasure in passing the baton on to the talented Rena George, Jen Black and April Taylor, who will be blogging next week on 4th August. "Well met, ladies!"
The All-important Addresses:
Far After Gold ~ eleventh century Vikings
Dark Whisky Road ~ nineteenth Century smugglers