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Romance Weekly

Posted by on 6 May, 2014

For those of you joining us from previous weeks, welcome back! For those of you just joining in, welcome to Romance Weekly where each week a bunch of us authors will answer the same three questions and you get to hop around from blog to blog and learn a little more about us. πŸ™‚ This week’s questions are brought to you by Leslie Hachtel. πŸ™‚ Ready? Let’s do this.

1. Do you prefer to write futuristic, contemporary or historical romances and why?

I write historicals. I enjoy learning about the politics, social, and religious times of days gone by and especially in Britain. The stories I’ve written thus far are set in Scotland in the high middle ages and during the reign of King James Stewart, first of his name. I chose this time frame because of the changes going on as Europe approached the Renaissance and the fascinating story about this particular king. His attempts to unify Scotland have proved a great backdrop to my Highland Chiefs series.

2. What is your favorite time in history and how and why does it inspire you?

I am fascinated by the middle ages in Britain and Europe. While in some ways, life in medieval times was horrific and barbaric by today’s standards, they gave way to the likes of Joan of Arc, and feminist writer Christine de Pizan. Truly inspiring women.

3. How has your life experience contributed to your writing?

I draw on tragedies in my life in my writing for sure. And my survival mechanism is to always try to find a light moment so when tensions run really high in my book, you know someone is gonna say or do something funny. πŸ˜€

Well, that’s it for me for this week. Keep on hippity hoppin over to see how my buddy, the lovely and uber talented, Nina Mason answered the questions.

16 Responses to Romance Weekly

  1. Carrie Elks

    Great answers – your love of the genre and timeframe really comes through. Now I want to know more about King James!

    • katerobbins

      His story is fascinating, Carrie. I am happy to have a chat with you at any time about what I’ve learned about him. πŸ™‚

  2. sarahhegger

    Isn’t it amazing how the time period one sets a book in becomes a passion?

  3. Collette Cameron

    I’ve often wondered if I would have survived during the medieval ages. I adore stories set in the highlands. Must be my Scottish/Viking heritage.

  4. kimhandysides

    Ooh- must look up Christine de Pizan. Love feminist ideas from days of yore. Shows how long we’ve all felt like this!

    • katerobbins

      Oh and read The Book of the City of Ladies. It’s brilliant. And to think, she was invited to court to read her own material. Such an incredible woman.

  5. Brenda Margriet

    Humour is a great way to emphasize the tension!

  6. Amy Jarecki

    I love the middle ages too!

  7. jjdevine

    Great answers!!!

  8. Harliqueen

    Great answers πŸ™‚ I have that reflex too, when things get awkward I tend to make a joke and that does seep into my writing! πŸ˜€

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