Why do you write historicals? with Cara Elliott


I was an avid reader of historicals long before I started writing them. In fact, my love affair with the genre began when I was a child and mother gave me a copy of The Once And Future King, which told the story of a young King Arthur and Merlin. It was a very Harry Potter-ish book and I thought it was just magical. So from then on, I was hooked and still am! Whether it’s swashbuckling adventure like The Three Muskateers and Master & Commander, or classic romances like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, or Victorian mysteries like The Moonstone and The Woman in White, I like nothing better than to curl up in a cozy chair and journey to another time and place.

As a reader, I want to be transported into a different world, and a historical setting adds that additional layer of “fantasy”—and I mean that in every good sense of the word!  I want to savor the sights and sounds and texture of an author’s imagination . . . and somehow, having the story take place in another era helps me slide out of the mundane confines of my daily routine and into that special place.

Now, why do I write historicals? For exactly the same reasons. Leaving the present for the past seems to let my mind to explore stories and characters with more freedom. Maybe it’s because even with all the research we do—the studying of fashion and furnishings and the walking through historic houses and gardens—we have to create what life felt like, smelled like and sounded like in our own heads. In contrast, human nature is pretty timeless. Love, doubts, fears, longings—emotions are much the same in every era. So it’s really interesting and challenging to put the two together.

I hope you will try To Surrender To A Rogue and let me know what you think!

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