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Welcome to another Medieval Monday! My guest today is bestselling author, Ruth A. Casie. She’s here to tell us why she writes historicals. Take it away, Ruth!
Years ago when I worked for a large bank I did a lot of international business travel. I can remember my first overseas assignment very clearly. It was a two week trip to five European cities. I brought six paperbacks thinking I would catch up on my reading—there was never enough time to read at home. We had three small children. Settled in my seat, I finished a book and a half by the time I landed in Brussels.
Client calls with local bank directors filled my days, but after business hours and over the weekend I was on my own. I filled the time with walking tours, sometimes in groups other times using the track provided by the hotel. Each time I came face to face with history; the Grand Place in Brussels, the Place de la Concorde in Paris, and Hampton Court in England.
As I went on to the different cities I tried to hear the sounds, smell the aromas, and see the sights from a different perspective, a different time. Stories by Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey and Lynn Kurland had me enthralled along with Clive Cussler. I know he’s not exactly romance but his Dirk Pit stories always start with some historical fact or thread that’s crucial to solving the mystery. I read my books at night and visited places where I imagined the stories unfolding.
Historical facts mixed with chivalry and magic are the most compelling stories to me. The romance of the middle ages with knights and princesses and their myths of druids, fairies, and fae tossed in for good measure all drew me in. Time travel stories and the ability to visit the past, protect the future, or simply experience a different time were the most compelling stories. Personally, I want my fiction based on fact but I don’t necessarily want the cold truth of reality. I know that history doesn’t always end with a happily ever after but taking a little poetic license to alter history just a bit to make it all work out is what I enjoy reading—and writing.
More about Ruth
Ruth A. Casie, a USA Today Bestselling Author, writes historical fantasy and contemporary romances for Harlequin, Carina Press, and Timeless Scribes. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, NJ, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch.
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A Norman lady shows a Saxon sorcerer there’s no greater magic than love.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE!
I just contracted Soul of the Wolf, the sequel to Flight of the Raven. It’s the second of The Novels of Ravenwood and takes place in Northumberland in the winter of 1101. For those of you who read the first book, Soul of the Wolf is Wulfstan’s story. He must solve an ancient riddle and bring light to a troubled land. And of course, he’ll find love along the way.
With my second book of The Novels of Ravenwood series turned in to my editor, I’m moving on to the third one. I’ve already created a rough outline, so this week is all about research. My story is set in northern England in the spring of 1102. Imagination is a powerful thing, so every detail is important when creating a world in which readers will not only step foot but live. Maybe I’m influenced by my love of old movies or the fact that I live in Salem, Massachusetts, the Halloween capital of the world, but I can almost hear Dr. Frankenstein’s maniacal cry, “It’s alive! It’s alive!” It’s my job to breathe life, love, and a hint of magic into history. With any luck, I’ll fashion a world that makes readers want to get cozy and stay for a while.