I first fell in love with historical romance through movies: Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows, Jane Eyre with Zelah Clarke, and the 1980 Pride and Prejudice. There was something addictive about being transported to a different time and place and experiencing stories of strong women making their own way in an often unforgiving world.
Part of the fascination was the costumes, manners, and language, which were so much more elegant than that of my own time. But the other part was the strong relation I felt to these women, despite the disparity in our times. Their flaws and struggles and losses and victories transcend time and place, and I came to care as deeply about them as I could if they were my friends or sisters.
Reading these stories deepened my connection, not only with the characters, but with the authors. They were chroniclers of the human experience as it was—or as they believed it should have been. The stories they made were bits of their hopes and dreams, and that is what made them so alive.
That is why, when I decided to write Regency romance, I chose to emulate the writing style of that era. I want my readers to connect deeply with my characters and their stories, and I believe that is most likely to be achieved when the time and place which I am describing is as authentic as possible.
I hope that you will feel transported into a tangible time and place—a place that inspires and empowers you, and that makes you fall in love with historical romance all over again—as you discover the world of the Branwell Chronicles.
Learn more about the Branwell Chronicles here.