Friday, February 11, 2011


Current Project: April Fools Anthology
Status: characterization

Write your passion!

As authors we here this phrase in many different contexts.

“If you want to sell, write what you are passionate about.”

“I love this book because I wrote from my heart. It is my passion.”

Have you ever had a memory or an irrational fear which made no sense?

Have you ever felt as if you have lived in another time period because you are drawn to certain events in history?

As a competitive swimmer I have always enjoyed a love of water. The ebb and flow of it is soothing and comforting, yet I have a strong fear of drowning. I refused to see the movie Titanic with my husband on his birthday several years ago. Yet somehow he managed to get me there. I hated the movie, no I loathed it and I don’t believe I have forgiven him. How old is the movie. Sometime I wonder if I was on that ill-fated ship.

I have other phobias—perhaps I am just strange. Back to topic. I have found myself drawn to many genres. I have a love of the old west, the Sioux the pioneers as well as the cavalry. I have a passion for the War Between the States as well as the Revolutionary War. And strangely I also find myself drawn to the Vikings.

I have written one short Civil War story, one story about Vikings several Scottish Highland books and a few from the Regency period. I do love history. Perhaps there is nothing strange about me other than my love of the past.

What is your favorite time in history and do you feel a strong pull to a historical event?


Sarah Raplee said...

It's all interesting to me! :-)I can't say as I'm drawn to write one time period more than another except as it serves the story I want to tell.

I'm drawn to write to give a voice to victims of tradgedy by featuring their experiences in my books in a subplot or in my worldbuuilding.

Genene Valleau said...

Chris, what a wonderful way to describe your passion for history!

I do believe we have lived many past lives, but mine were not fun, so my stories are set in contemporary times. LOL!

So glad you enjoy history so we can enjoy the books you write!

Paty Jager said...

Fun post, Chris. Maybe you were on the titanic...

I'm drawn to Pacific Northwest history and Native American history.

I don't have an interest in History across the Atlantic. I think the castles are interesting but they don't evoke my curiosity like a rundown ghost town or an old bawdy house.