Historical Romance or Contemporary Romance?
When I first started writing, I was excited to be part of the Contemporary Romance genre. After Thunder Struck was published, I was totally enamoured with the character of Willow that Jordan and Brandan discovered from the journals they found during their remodel of Jordan’s Victorian home. After writing another Contemporary Romance novel (Thunder Storm), I still wanted to tell the story of Willow, so I built her novel from the framework of what we’d learned from her descendants.
But then I found I couldn’t really chronicle her life without telling the story of her parents, Edward and Jordan Stratton. Rather than do an entire novel on them, I wrote a quick and tender novella entitled Jordan’s Gift, which takes place in the early 1890s, much of which sets the stage to tell Willow’s tale.
I am close to being done with Willow’s Secret, which will be in the time period between 1910 and 1915. What I’ve discovered in this historical journey is that it’s fun to see people learn about things we take for granted – cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones. So I’ve had a good time with it. Can’t wait to introduce you to Willow and Charles.