Evangeline Holland

Sweeping Drama ⚜ Larger than Life History ⚜ Exquisite Romance ⚜ Diverse Perspectives
September 12th, 2013

Historical Romance Week: September 15-21

Historical Romance Week

Historical Romance was declared on life support earlier this year, and this sparked a frenzy of discussions and debates across the blogosphere from authors, readers, and industry professionals. Whether or not this is true, what is true is that historicals are the backbone of the romance genre. From Kathleen E. Woodiess’s The Flame and The Flower kickstarting a new generation of romance novels where the heroines experienced passion and adventure on the page, Loretta Chase’s intelligent comedies that gently–and fondly–skewer Regency romance tropes, to Beverly Jenkins’s lusciously detailed novels that prove love is an indomitable force no matter the backdrop or color of the characters’ skin, readers of historical romance displays a myriad of experiences that echo both the past and the present day. Because of this unique perspective, the theme of historical romance week is “In Pursuit of the Allure of the Past.” I do hope you will visit next week, where I welcome guests to ruminate and reflect on the role of historicals in their life.

October 9th, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Till We Meet Again

What is your working title of your book?

Till We Meet Again

Where did the idea come from for the book?

From an old Constance Bennett film, Born to Love.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic Historical Fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Keira Knightley for Fleur and Max Irons for Ivor

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Trapped in an abandoned French farmhouse during an air raid, Ambulance driver Fleur Demorest and Lieutenant Ivor Carlyle indulge in one night of passion, only for tragedy to strike. Three years later, they meet again under entirely different circumstances, and must fight for their love amidst the carnage of war, forgotten memories, and societal pressures.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have an agent, and hope to have it traditionally published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m working on the first draft right now. Hopefully, it won’t be as arduous a process as my previous book.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough one! Perhaps Judith Kinghorn’s lovely romantic novel The Last Summer, due to the angsty romance and scope of the plot.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to move a bit beyond the typical image of women in wartime–mainly, that of the VAD nurse–so my heroine is an ambulance driver. Next, I began to wonder how a woman who tasted independence coped once she made the worst sin possible in the early twentieth century: have a baby out of wedlock. Lastly, I wanted to create a big whopping conflict between Fleur and Ivor, and a secret baby was it!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s the best of both worlds: grand, passionate romance and the harrowing emotions of WWI!

Tagged: (for week of Oct 14-20)

Christina Lasswell

Tasha Taylor

Samantha Veerasamy

Christy McKellen

Message for the tagged authors and interested others:
Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag three-five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
Be sure to line up your five people in advance.