Friday, April 27, 2007

I love Historicals! And other ramblings...

I'd forgotten how much I love historical romance.

I don't know how I got out of reading them, to be honest with you. I mean, as a kid, of like 10 or 12 years of age, I was plugging away on my grandmother's old electric typewriter, copying the opening lines of 'Gone With the Wind'. And thus, my writing dream took root.

But what I write is mostly contemporary romance. I've been toying with opening up a historical I started a few years ago, although it took place in 1936 and it's kind of hard for me to see that as 'historical'.

When I think of historical, I think GWTW immediately. I'm a southern girl, through and through. My grandmother even purchased crinolines for me to play in during my GWTW phase! LOL! (Can you tell I was an only child?)

Anyway, I guess I'm returning to a historical phase now. I just finished Tamara Alexander's first book Rekindled last week. I finished it in literally three days. I stayed up until 4 am one of those days because I just could-not-put-it-down. I've had to restrain myself from purchasing Revealed because I'm a judge in a contest and I MUST prioritize my time! If I buy Revealed (book 2 in Ms. Alexander's series) EVERYTHING will be put on the back burner.

This week, I've been reading the contest entries I'm judging which are historicals! I've got to tell you I'm inspired on more levels than one.

First of all, there are some great writers out there! I guess that's stating the obvious, but these entries are from unpublished authors. We, as readers, have a lot to look forward to.

I'm only privileged in reading the first chapters, but I want more! There are some great set ups for these characters!

How does this inspire me, you may wonder? I don't know, really. There's no cut and dry answer, it just makes me want to get back to the computer and write. Whether contemporary or historical. It makes me want to finish the historical I started, because I love the simplicity and hard work of that "other time." It makes me want to finish my WIP just to finish it!

Speaking of that "other time", I've often thought of what it would've been like to be living when Jesus walked the earth. Would I have been in that group that followed Him, or would I have been someone not sure he was the one the prophets had written and spoke about? I can be so uncertain of others, maybe it's the day and time we live in, that I wonder if I would've been like that back then?

I think that's for a discussion another day, but it gives us something to ponder as we go into the weekend.

By the way, if you're in the Buford Georgia area, stop by Lifeway Christian Bookstore across from the Mall of Georgia because Amy Wallace will be signing her first book Ransomed Dreams from 11am - 1pm! Come celebrate and pick up your copy!

And stop by Missy's blog today ~ she's interviewing Amy!

Oh, and even though I'm talking about historicals on this post, Ransomed Dreams is not a historical. :) It's Romantic Suspense and a great read. I know, because I've read it and will be participating in a blog tour of it in May.

Just thought I should clear that little detail up . . .

Have a great writing/reading/fun and joyful weekend!


  1. Write that historical, Christy! It sounds like it's calling your name. :)

    I love historicals, too. Reading A Knight in Shining Armor (a secular time travel romance) by Jude Deveraux got me back into reading years ago. I was hooked. And then once I was reading again, I started writing. So I'm thankful for that book! :)


  2. Christy,

    I LOVE historicals. It's all I read from the time I was 15 until about 30. I didn't know other books existed.
    I know you could write a great one.
    I need to give you one we got last year from RWA On a Highland Shore.
    Not a Christian historical but I couldn't put it down.
    I read it in two days.
    Anyway, you should try your hand at it.

  3. Christy,

    I so glad you loved the book! I'm reading "Revealed" right now. After you finished judging your entries, you've got to read it!

    Maybe you keep coming to all these stops and road blocks in your current WIP because you are really supposed to be writing historical? It sounds like that's what makes you tick, and gets your creative writing juices flowing.

    Anyway, you guys know that all I've ever written is historicals until now. God is nudging me to write this contemporary women's fiction novel and it is going much smoother and than I ever dreamed. I love historicals and I just couldn't let them go completely. So I plan to write short historicals in between my women's fiction novels. That way I've being obedient to the Lord, but also doing something I've always loved - historicals!

  4. Jenn,
    I bought Revealed today at Amy Wallace's booksigning! One more contest entry to read and then I can start it! Can't wait!

    Thanks for the reading suggestions Missy and Lindi. I'll pick those up. BTW, my crit partner is writing a time travel/historical, but she's such an avid reader, she's probably read that one by Jude Deveraux...

    Yep, maybe you girls are right. I may ought to dig up that good old historical again...