Why I Read (and Write) Historical Romance

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Bio picI’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I don’t know how old I was when I started reading, but I was already reading when I started kindergarten. By the time I was twelve, I had read every book written for children and teens in my local public library. Of course, there weren’t nearly as many teen books back then as there are now.

When I told the librarian I had read everything in the children’s section, she got me started on mysteries. I read all of Agatha Christie’s books and some of Mary Higgins Clark’s early books and enjoyed them, but I stumbled upon my true passion one night while babysitting. The kids were in bed, so I perused the bookshelves in the family room and discovered Royal Seduction by Jennifer Blake. I took it home with me and read all night until I finished the book. The vibrant characters and evocative historical setting transported me into another time and place in a way that nothing else ever had, and I was hooked.

As I grew up, went through college, got married, had children, etc., historical romance has continued to resonate with me. When my mother was battling cancer, books were the one thing that could hold my attention, and the same held true when she lost her battle last year.

When I started writing, I knew I wanted to write books that would have the same affect on my readers as they did on me. I write not just to provide entertainment, but because I hope to help someone through a difficult time in her life or simply help her escape for a few hours when she’s tired of loading the dishwasher or folding laundry or wanting to take out that #@$^%* person who cuts in the school carpool line every morning. My first book releases in April, and I’m looking forward to discovering whether I’ve achieved my goal.

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Why do you read? Do you have a favorite historical romance?

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

15 Responses

  1. I think it’s absolutely wonderful books helped you through such a terribly difficult time. I’ve found reading (and writing) definitely get me through the more trying days. I noticed in your bio you like to curse in Russian…I took Russian in college. Loved it! Is your April release with Scandalous? I have one releasing in April. 🙂

    The first historical I read that really left an impression on me was Renee Vincent’s Raeliksen. (It’s recent, yes. I’m new to the genre). I’ve only read one other book of ANY genre that affected me as much as that one did, and when I say affected, I mean I was sobbing to the point I was puffy the next day. I wanted to throw the book at the wall. Or, even better, at Renee. 🙂 Excellent book, though.

    • allybroadfield

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for coming by. I took Russian from 8th grade through college (though my speaking skills don’t reflect that!). My April release is a Regency historical, but it’s a novella that kicks off a single title series, so it’s with Edge. I’ll look forward to reading your April release.

      Sounds like I need to check out Raeliksen!

  2. ‘When I told the librarian I had read everything in the children’s section, she got me started on mysteries.’ That line gave me a flash back of ‘Matilda’ 😀

    I love historical romances, generally any time-period. I find history quite fascinating and when a romance is set in those times, it’s even better! Usually the time periods I read have some conflict, turmoil or maybe social restrictions (regency is a good one for that), so a romance has to overcome that, and I do enjoy it when a couple comes together over all odds 🙂

    Great post.

    • allybroadfield

      Thanks for stopping by! I wish I had Matilda’s powers. 🙂

      I agree that one of the best things about historical romance is that the time period and setting plays such a huge role in shaping the story, and of course the journey of the hero and heroine to their happily ever after ending.

  3. Great post Ally. Love hearing about your writing journey. Sorry you mom’s illness was part of your experience, but am sure she found great comfort in the books and proud that you have decided to do something that will bring joy to others.

    • allybroadfield

      Thanks for coming by, B.J.! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. My mom was a lifelong reader and worked in an Indie bookstore for nearly twenty years. I’m thankful she knew that my first book was coming, even though she didn’t get to see it or read it. 🙂

  4. Good morning Ally! Nice post.Thanks for sharing your journey to this first book coming next month (and congratulations on that feat). I’m also impressed with your ability to curse in Russian. You’ll have to do a post on how this special skill came about…I’m guessing there’s a great story there. But, on the serious side, books have such an impact, don’t they? I’m glad your reading and writing helped you through a tough period, and you will do the same for others with your books.

    • allybroadfield

      Thanks, Gina! Looks like I have a topic for next month’s post. 😉

  5. Great post, Ally. In my house, I’m famous for burning dinners because I just have to read one last page, or must get to the end of the chapter. The first books I can remember reading were the Nancy Drew’s. God, I loved Nancy Drew so much.

    Can’t wait to read your books!

    • allybroadfield

      Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I loved Nancy Drew, too! Did you read the Trudy Phillips books?

  6. jdh2690

    Very well said and put, Ally. Your reasons for reading historical romance (and now, writing it) are mine too. So many of my family members make fun of me for reading it…but I tell them it’s a “positive in our negative world.” It makes me feel good. What’s not to like about that? 🙂 Thanks for the post.

    • allybroadfield

      Thanks for coming by and commenting. When I started my first job after graduating from college, I commuted on the Metro in Washington, D.C., and of course I passed the time reading. I had a special book cover I used because I was embarrassed to let anyone see what I was reading. How silly of me! I love your “positive in our negative world” explanation! I may have to borrow that. 🙂

  7. There is nothing like escaping to another place and time!

  8. Wonderful post, Ally. I don’t remember a time I didn’t read. I was way beyond “Dick and Jane” when they were teaching it in school. Like many others, I devoured Nancy Drew. I discovered Jane Austen in 6th grade and never looked back. Tweeted and shared on FB.

    • allybroadfield

      Thanks for the shares, Ella! I wish I had found Jane Austen that early. I was in 10th or 11th grade.