GUEST POST – Elise de Sallier
How do you write a historical romance in modern times? How do you get into that past mind set, what is your writing process and what sort of research did you have to do?
I imagine it’s different for every writer, but for me it’s just a matter of picturing the setting, being aware of the customs and restrictions of the time, having a good understanding of my characters’ personalities, motivations, and how their upbringing and station would effect their actions, and then setting them loose! Plus I watch a lot of Sherlock (US and UK versions) to capture the awesome accents and layered dialogue. As for getting into the past mind set . . . I’ve read an enormous number of historical romances over the years, love Jane Austen, and have lost count of how many times I’ve watched Pride and Prejudice in all it’s forms. I spend a lot of time browsing Wikipedia and the multitude of blogs dedicated to the Regency, Victorian, and now Medieval eras, depending on which story I am working on.
While I enjoy learning about the fascinating customs and cultures of the various times, I’m not a fan of books that are so heavy on the history, or use such convoluted language, that they lose the ‘story’. The romance and relationships are the primary factor for me, regardless of the genre. While I don’t mind being a little challenged by the vocabulary, and I do enjoy picking up or including snippets of history along the way, I read—and write—to escape, to get caught up in the excitement and mystery of another time, to engage with the characters, and to journey with them through their highs and lows. I may write historical romances that contain their fair share of drama, action, steamy love scenes, and even a dose of angst, but I’m a lover of fairy-tales who guarantees my readers a happily ever after.
A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don’t just happen, they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun!
While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer’s Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.
Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.
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Protection A Forbidden Love: Book Two
By Elise de Sallier
Genre: Romance/ Historical
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-231-0
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
In the much awaited conclusion to Innocence, A Forbidden Love – Book One, Nathaniel, the Marquis of Marsden, is left reeling at the revelation of Lisa’s royal heritage. Keeping her safe has always been his priority, and he is determined to protect her . . . from the King’s machinations, their enemies, and her own overly generous nature if necessary.
Although overjoyed to be reunited with Nathaniel, Lisa fears she made a better mistress than she will a marchioness. Longing for a return to the freedom they shared when he thought her a commoner, she does her best to live up to his—and society’s—expectations, but she’s only willing to compromise so far. Being kept in the dark is no longer an option. Despite the unexpected pleasure she discovered in Nathaniel’s arms, if there is one thing Lisa has learned . . . ignorance is far from bliss.
Praise for Protection:
“After the ending of Innocence, which was by far one of the best historical romances I’ve read, I wanted to scream. What was going to happen? How would it end? Would Lisa and Nathaniel finally be together, or had everything been for naught… Rarely, in the romance world, do we get the story from both the hero and the heroine, but Elise does an amazing job of pulling you in and letting you see the world far beyond the innocent maid we encountered in the first book.” –Amazon Review
“This book is filled with suspense, intrigue, secrets, romance and the kind of sizzling desire between Nathaniel and Anneliese that leaves you wanting more… I loved this story and was so extremely excited to read it and I will cherish it alongside my Jane Austin Collection… Elise de Sallier is an amazing romance writer bringing true romance back into our lives.” –CrazyDaisy Amazon Review
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Praise for Innocence:
“A well written book, I look forward to reading more by this author.” –Karen Hogan
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance.” -Jo-Anne
“The knowledge of the time period and customs is breathtakingly accurate.” –Lindsey Gray