I’m asked that question regularly, and in truth, there is nothing about writing I don’t enjoy. My mother must have been born with a book in her hand, and she passed that down to me. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and continue to be. Anymore, a lot of my reading is in the form of research—don’t get me wrong, I still read for pleasure every night. I just can’t fall to sleep without getting in a chapter to two.
So…if I had to name one thing I love about writing, it would be the things I’ve learned while researching. For Badland Bride, book two of the Quinter Bride series, I learned about the Bone Wars—set in place by men in the late 1800’s sabotaging each other’s search efforts to uncover dinosaur bones in the mid-west. While writing An April to Remember I was amazed by the Sultana—a riverboat that blew up at the end of the Civil War. More people perished when the Sultana sank just outside of Memphis than on the Titanic. For The Major’s Wife, my latest release, I loved learning about the days of Oklahoma being known as Indian Territory and life at Fort Sill during that time.
Currently, I’m writing a series of four sisters set during the roaring 20’s. Cars, women, and whiskey changed the world during that era. My home state of Minnesota boomed with the creation of Minnesota Thirteen, a home-brewed bootlegged whiskey that became known world-wide. The series will be released the summer of 2015 from Harlequin.
Recently one of my sons started researching our family genealogy and discovered my eighth great grandmother was jailed as a witch during the Salem Witch Hunt—oh, yes, there is a book there.
Now, the question has became, which is my favorite era to write about? That’s as impossible to answer as the first one.
What about you? Do you have a favorite thing about writing, or a favorite era to write/read about?
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