Time to Gush

I recently went to LDS Storymakers Conference and had a wonderful time! I also ended up with this beauty--

This is a historical romance based on the courtship between Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Fanny Appleton, and I'm smitten!

At first it was a little hard to get past thinking about this movie every time I read the name Longfellow, and unfortunately I kept giggling:

"Oh no, they're going to know my name is Longfellow..."

But finally I got past it and was swept away in the story!

We've all read those books that reach out and capture our hearts, and this one did that for me. I so much loved Henry Longfellow. He was so vulnerable, so gentle and intelligent and passionate about learning and literature and languages. I love how heart-on-his-sleeve he was!

Their romance was slow-building and sweet, and this book has crept its way up into the ranks of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for me. I can't say how much I loved it! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

It's also heightened my interest in HWL's poetry, and I've been gobbling up as much of it as I can. *sigh*

That brings me to my next point--

I want to write Sweet Romance! 

I want to delve into Regency England and Historical Fiction and write my own romantic gem like this. I've been captivated by regency romances for a while and have been gobbling up Julie Klassen's novels--as well as Lord Fenton's Folly also by Josi Kilpack and the desire to shift genres won't go away!

So. That is my new plan. I'd like to finish out my Stolen Tears series. I also got massively awesome interest in another YA Fantasy series from my dream agent at LDS Storymakers that still needs some work, but in between those projects I'm going to delve into some research, into some sweet romance, baby. I can't wait!

As far as Such a Daring Endeavor release, I'm just waiting on copy edits and once I get those back and finished, I'll be ready to format! YAY!

I've been busily building a marketing plan, and getting things into full swing! Lots going on!

What was the last book you read that swallowed you whole?



Tammy Theriault said...

I can't wait!!! I'm already reading your books and loving it!!

Kristin Smith said...

This sounds like an awesome plan!! I haven't read much regency romance, but now you have me wanting to. Forever and Forever is definitely going in my TBR pile!

I love the idea of switching genres. If it's calling to you, then you need to do it! Can't wait to see what you come up with! And I'm still so curious about this fantasy series of yours. Keeping my fingers crossed for good things regarding that agent!!! :)

Crystal Collier said...

I've seen that one floating around. It looks good, but I have to get through a few others on the list first. I think I've actually thinned my list down to less than 100 titles, so there's that.

There's definitely something invigorating about tackling a new genre. I'm stoked for you!

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