My Romance with Inspirational Historical Romance
By Carla CapshawIt’s my guilty secret, but unlike many authors, I didn’t like to read all that much when I was child. I wasn’t much of a girly-girl either. I didn’t care for pink and I preferred Star Wars and lightsabers to Barbie and Easy-bake ovens. My friends and I built forts and pretended we were pioneers or the only people left on a deserted island. Although she hid it well, I know my mother was concerned her little girl was going to be a barefooted tomboy forever.
That all changed when I was thirteen. I snagged my mom’s copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s, Shanna, off her nightstand and my love of reading began in earnest. Thinking I was too young for such steamy stuff, mom was a tad horrified when she learned I’d read it, but it remains one of my favorite books even now. Always a fan of history, I was enveloped in the richness of the Colonial-Caribbean setting, the sumptuousness of the prose, the adventure and most of all, the sheer beauty of what I consider a perfect romance. Raurk Beauchamp is still my fantasy man. ;-)
My love affair with the genre continued through high school and thanks to all the wars, kings, countries, landscapes, customs and rituals I’d learned about in the many novels I read, I never got less than an A in history (and I never had to study if I didn’t want to). A Johanna Lindsey book even saved my life once, but that’s a different story.
So, it was only natural that when I sat down to write a novel, I chose to write an Inspirational Historical Romance. Not only was it what I’d always loved, but what other genre would allow me to travel to exotic locales, learn about history, dream up exciting adventures and craft characters who celebrate love, marriage, family and Biblical truths?
None that I could think of.
Now that I’ve been writing for several years, I consider myself blessed everyday because of the friends, both readers and writers, I’ve made due to a shared love of Romance. If you enjoy the genre, do you have fond memories of your favorite stories? What’s the first Romance you ever read? What’s your favorite era and why?
Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!
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