Wow, Laura,I may have to practice with my Swifter duster, those dust bunnies better watch out!

That’s one heck of a wake up call for anyone who thought those were the good old days, when times were simplier and easy.    They were wrong, a woman’s dress, fan, shoes, even her gloves said something about her availability, her station in life and even her virtue. I’d have never been able to pull it off, people would have thought I was either insane or a harlot or both. 

Regencies will always be my favorite historical read.  Sure, a big horny Viking can be fun, and nobody would turn down a chance at a hot steamy knight or even a medieval  warrior. But to me, the people in the regency period were a little more like us; intellegent, edgy and oh so jaded.  Especially those regency rakes.

I could use one of those fans about now.

I have a Masters in Mrs and if it doesn’t land me in the PEN I’ll be very surprised. Men are a universal subject that women the world over can commiserate over and I think that’s why romance novels are universally appealing. No matter the genre, if the characters pull the reader in, make them either root for them or wish to be them, then, that’s a book/series/author they’ll come back to. 

I’ll admit loving a good looking alpha male who wears out a set of 18,000 count sheets a night.  But I also like that quirky loner I might not give a second glance if the author didn’t make him so intensely charismatic.

Whether cops, firemen, vampires, werewolves, or even gypsies, tramps, and theives, if the author writes him well I’ll want him. He can be sexier than sin on a stick and hotter than a ten dollar plasma tv, but if he and the heroine don’t click, I’d rather read toilet cleaner.   

Now, don’t get me wrong, the heroine is very important. I love when she’s funny, and quick with a smart alecky jab.  But, ultimately she is my imagination’s vehicle, driving me through the story. I see everything through her eyes. If the author has done her job, I will simply be the heroine by the end of the book. And if the author has done a very good job indeed, she’ll make me say the two words she herself said when she started writing the story in the first place.  “What if?”

I’m glad to see you’re not fond of TSTL heroines or heroes either. I realize that some flaws and foibles are needed to further the plot.  Perfection is nothing but boring and stale after all.  That being said:

1. Do you plot all your novels out beforehand or are you strictly a fly by the seat of your pants kind of woman?

2. What do you do when you’re stuck on a plot point? How do you kill those horrible plot bunnies? With a stick? Or a movie, book, a walk etc?

3. I see you’re well versed in Civil War history, have you or are you going to write a book about this time period?  If not, would you ever write one about the Civil War Reenactments?

I love watching those, by the way.  

4. What is a genre you haven’t tried that you’d like to?

5. What are you working on now?

I’d ask what else you do besides write, but I read your previous blogs. Donkeys, dogs, goats and chickens? Cockadoodle doo!! Welcome to Laura’s Ark.

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