I ‘heart’ the Regency

April 21, 2010

The novel I’m writing is a mystery novel set in 1813 in England…the Regency period.

Yes, I’m one of those people with a Regency fetish. Jane Austen. Mary Shelly. Lord Byron. Etc.

Sometimes I say my novel is a ‘Regency Soap Opera’ because the plot is a little outlandish…but its all within the bounds of the era. French spies. Mad genius poets. Too much alcohol. Radical politics. Dopplegangers.

That’s how it was, in a way. Genteel with a Gothic underbelly.

I think to write a novel, to devote yourself wholly to the kind of commitment it requires, you have to be a little crazy about its subject matter (or just a little crazy, period?). I don’t dress up in Regency garb and go to modern day re-enactments (at least, not yet!), but I do love reading and researching and day dreaming about it, and then transforming that material into a joy-filled homage.


  1. I love reading Regency fiction (is that what it’s called) and I agree, something about that time is very addicting, perhaps it’s the whole ‘losing oneself’ phenomenon. Writing it? No. I’m not very good at writing it.

  2. I don’t know why I like this era, I think it started when I was in University when I studied the Romantics. I just find the entire time fascinating. Love the history and the personalities. I happily read history books about the era. It’s just ‘my thing’.

    I find I write what I love to read (makes it easier to devote one’s time to it that way!). Which also explains why my novel is a mix of rom-com, mystery/gothic, bodice ripper…and, of course, Jane Austen-esque Regency.

    Thanks for dropping by!
    Julie J.

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