If time travel were possible, I’d go back to Viking times or the 1700s, in particular the mid-eighteenth century.
Captain Cook’s 1768 expedition was the start of The Age of Wonder. Freedom and opportunity begat economic prosperity for the man or woman who grabbed it. Place of birth played a lessor role for people hungry to improve their circumstances. Even birth control played a key role in the 18th century.
The French practiced a variety of birth control measures, while England tended to play loosely with bed sport. The result was a worrisome decline in the French populace by the 18th century while England, to some minds, became overcrowded. There are tales of the poor hauled off English streets and shipped to the colonies where labor demands were high, but the populace low.
I wonder…if France had been more prolific, would Americans be speaking French?
Since we can’t go back in time to answer for ourselves, books, movies, and television take us there. Books (fiction and non-fiction) have always been my sanity for brain happiness. Movies come next because they let you slip back in time with a visual vacation.
And television? I admit, I tuned out for a lot of years because not much appealed to me. Now, we have History Channel’s Vikings and AMC’s Turn which dovetail nicely into my favorite eras. Then, a friend alerted me to an upcoming BBC remake of Poldark and I’m ready to dive into another series.
Feast your eyes on this!
Now you tell me where in time would you visit? And why?
As you might imagine, I write Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. I like writing as much about the common man as kings, chieftains, and nobles. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about my upcoming Georgian romance The Lady Meets Her Match:
Conkle’s intense second Midnight Meeting historical (after Meet the Earl at Midnight) immerses the reader in Georgian London, where a wealthy businessman encounters a woman determined to be an independent business owner. Cyrus Ryland, England’s “King of Commerce,” is enthralled by the woman he finds in his study during a masked ball. Claire Mayhew has decided to copy Cyrus’s signature and use it to lease a coffee shop, an arrangement not available to women. Then she escapes into the night, leaving behind a simple brown shoe. When Cyrus locates Claire, he is surprised by her tenacity and desire to retain independence. Their frequent meetings simmer with enticing foreplay as both Cyrus and Claire reveal their innermost secrets and must decide whether to build a future together. A mystery subplot adds an element of intrigue, and Conkle’s eloquent writing makes every scene shine. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Apr.)