I’ve just completed a rough first draft of my very first attempt at writing historical romance. Hooray! It was an interesting process, filled with all-new kinds of research, and a lot of time staring at the blinking cursor of my word processor wondering what terms a well-bred young lady in the late 18th/early 19th century would use to describe a penis. (Note to self: remember this for the next time someone asks what you do for a living!)
I’ll be doing a quick revision and clean-up this afternoon, and then I’ll be sending the story off to first readers for their feedback. Revise a couple more times, submit to anthology, annnnd done! End of my historical romance career.
Except, apparently not. Whilst writing this story, I had a sudden, intense desire to take the main characters on another adventure. Perhaps a novel-length adventure. With action and intrigue as well as romance and demons. The working title is “Mary Bennet and Nick the Incubus Fight Crime,” which should give you an idea of what I’m thinking, here.
And you know what would make this even more fun? If I write it in 30 days! That’s right, dear readers – I’m doing NaNoWriMo. If you are, too, feel free to look me up. My user name is ElizaReeve. We can be buddies!
In the meantime, it’s back to the research mines for me. I’ve got a copy of Harriette Wilson’s memoirs and a highlighter, and I’m not afraid to use them.