Nineteenth Century Ideas in To Have and To Hold

In writing historical romances, authors must balance between historically accurate characters and characters which will appeal to contemporary readers. It’s no secret that many writers choose the latter. A member of my writing group shared a craft book which referred to the trope of the “Vegan Viking,” the historical hero who espouses anachronistic views of feminist equality. Particularly at this…

Lessons from Pride and Prejudice

If Austen was writing today, particularly if she were an indie romance author, Pride and Prejudice would be an entire series. Jane and Bingley would get a full novel, as would each of the other couples before we spun off to see who Georgiana Darcy or Anne de Bourgh end up with. Austen’s vivid secondary characters are what give rise…