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Here’s a terrific way to Mix Historical Worlds with Present Day Worlds, compliments of RG2E Featured Author Nancy Lee Badger.
Take it away, Nancy…
History classes bored me in high school until I picked up a book set in the past. I was hooked! When I turned to writing my own stories, with an eye toward publication, I initially shied away from writing anything filled with history since I hadn’t quite paid attention in class. Contemporary romance was comforting; something I knew; something sellable.
After writing several books, I tried something historical. Eek! What was I thinking? I had a paranormal story in my head, but needed a setting. I used books, maps, and the internet to pick an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland. It sounded perfect for a dragon’s lair. While searching, I discovered that a brutal massacre had occurred in the 16th century on another island. I incorporated the two islands as well as the historical event to spin an idea into Dragon’s Curse, released by Whispers Publishing in 2010.
Several books later, this brings me to why I tried Indie publishing. While volunteering at the New Hampshire Highland Games every September, I noticed history was all around me. How much easier it is to see, hear, and smell the history up close! Using this free info, I created my self-published series set partially at Scottish Highland games. I love writing a book, creating a cover, and uploading it everywhere: I love it as much as traveling. The freedom to write the book of my heart, and the ability to use what I know, is priceless.
And the royalties keep coming.
With my trusty camera, I photographed the sight of hunky guys wearing colorful kilts. With my video button, I recorded marching bands and bagpipers in action. My taste buds sampled the haggis, meat pies, and shortbread. I filled the pages of my notebook with ideas for plots, characters, and events that might find their way into a book. Many of the ideas morphed into the first book in a series I call the Highland Games Through Time. My Honorable Highlander, the first book, is a Scottish time travel romance that includes a page-turning battle then transports the reader to the fictional New England Highland Games. Athletics, Scottish food, marching bands, Highland dancers, sword fights, and kilt-wearing Highlanders fill the pages. There are plenty of plot ideas just waiting to be discovered and used in the next few books in the series.
I used historical fact to bring my self-published time travel series to life. Mixing Scottish history with present day events worked for me. Have you, as a reader, ever come across a place or an event that you’d just love to see in a fictional setting (as in a book) too? If so, please share it with us.
Nancy Lee Badger < www.nancyleebadger.blogpsot.com > is the author of My Honorable Highlander, and My Banished Highlander, the 1st and 2nd installments of the Highland Games through Time Series. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. She is a firm believer in ‘Paying it forward’. You can email her at email@example.com.
Nancy’s Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/TdaHfK
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Fascinating Story Behind The Story Peek, Nancy! Thanks sooo much! And thanks for treating our RG2E Peeps with Ebook Gift Copies too!
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