“Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life… love comes along and brings you a fairy tale.”
I adore this quote so much I have it hanging in my study. (I’ve also been known to give it away on occasion.) What fascinates me most about this quote is the fact that it basically states that no matter what your circumstances are, love always finds a way.
There are several reasons I write historical romance. I’m fascinated by societies, brotherhoods, lore, his story, her story, and our story. Writers are generally intrigued by real or imagined characters and human emotion. And when those elements are forged together, fireworks happen. Historical writers fortunately get to dip their feet into a deeper pool of tricks, mining factual sources for events and people from history, and combining them to devise interesting plot twists. Rolls up sleeves and smacks hands together with glee.
Let’s make magic!
Fairy tale romance is the most formidable love in existence, passion at its frailest and finest moments. Welcome to men adorned in shining armor, leather, or colorful plaid. Chivalrous pursuits. Swashbuckling clashes of steel and rapier wit. Southern charm and a Highlander’s to-die-for brogue. In historical romance, readers get to experience a plethora of humanity that has bound every generation to the one that’s come before it. Love, loyalty, and protection are among my FAV Alpha male characteristics. Hunky heroes who appear disguised as dukes, viscounts, earls, pirates, rakes, officers and highwaymen. Formidable men outsourcing every rival. Loyal men willing to hack down enemies, trudge through the blackest forests, and risk stepping into quicksand to avenge family and/or comrades, and rescue lady loves. Hard, determined men, willing to bend just enough for the right woman who discovers the chink in their armor, a woman with the power to melt abrasive steel encased around their hearts.
Devotion is hard won, but at ‘The End’ of every historical romance or fairy tale a lesson is learned and love receives its greatest reward.
Writers these days don’t have to struggle for inspiration, thank goodness. There are classical heroes like King Arthur, Robin Hood, Daniel Boone, and Ragnar and Rollo. Fictional heroes like Edmond Dantès, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Aragorn and Legolas, and The Three Musketeers. Modern-day actors like Jared Padalecki, Simon Baker, Rupert Penry-Jones, Richard Armitage, and (insert deep sigh) Chris Hemsworth. But no matter who they are or what they look like, historical romance and fairy tale heroes have long-lasting appeal.
The Brothers Grimm perfected fairy tales, many of which are responsible for forming the myths and legends that form the fabric of our society. But when it comes to heroes, this quote by Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, says it best.
“Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right—all that falls to them is so much gain—all their geese are swans—all their cards are trumps—toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? What can it know about the matter?” ~ Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
Storytelling at its most basic is his story, her story, our story, enriched with human failings, struggles, and successes. Elements of an ordinary life we can all relate to.
Is there a historical figure, fairy tale character, or actor you’d like to see in a historical romance?