Please join us in welcoming Beverley Kendall as Guest Chef today. Beverley has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in Georgia with her young son. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. In addition to all her other creative endeavors, she also maintains a fabulous resource for readers and writers - The Season Blog.
Historicals, Contemporaries, it’s all the same
I’ve published two books so far, both historical romances. The truth of the matter is, I never set out to write historical romances, not even the slightest little bit. Despite the fact that I love to read them, I freely admit that I was intimidated by the research. I couldn’t do it, I told myself on several different occasions. I didn’t have the voice to pull it off. I couldn’t come up with one single plot for a historical.
I eventually conquered the research and ‘voice’ argument but I was still left with the last one: the plot. Then I got this idea for SINFUL SURRENDER. It was a tried and true plot-line…with a twist. The heroine is in love with her brother’s best friend. The twist? Hmm, think a pregnancy and it’s not who you think it is. I immediately started writing the book after I’d boned up on the research and settled on the only voice I could come up with.
What I didn’t realize at that precise moment was the story I was writing was just a historical spin on a contemporary idea I’d come up with long ago. All I had to do was make sure it was a viable story that could be retrofitted into Victorian-era—no small feat, I will just add.
So in the course of the last three years, I’ve discovered that most of my historical stories were contemporary ideas. Apparently, the plots were so near and dear to my heart, I needed to write the book come hell or high water, even if it meant I’d have to transplant my hero and heroine from the 21st century and plunk them down, petticoats, cravats and all into the mid-nineteenth century. But you know, I don’t think I’d have it any other way.
You can read more about my books on my website at www.BeverleyKendall.com (I just had it redesigned, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out) or you can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/season4romance or friend me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorbeverleykendall .
I’d like to thank the ladies of Petit Fours for having me on their blog today. One commenter will receive a copy of SINFUL SURRENDER and an advance copy of A TASTE OF DESIRE. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Thank you, Beverley. Readers, please leave a comment for Beverley for a chance to win not one, but two books! Contest ends at midnight tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow.