Why I Love Historical Romance
by Suzan Tisdale
There are so many reasons why I love historical romance. I love being transported to a time and place where I don’t have to worry about dishes, dinner, laundry or any of my other day-to-day obligations. For a little while, I can be taken away to a time where men were men, women were women, and life was simply different.
Heroes do come in all shapes and sizes, but not all heroes are tall, dark and handsome. Sometimes the hero is a woman or a young boy or girl. I try to interject all types of heroes in my books. But I do know that most of us want to read about a tall, handsome, and strong man.
There is just something about a man in tunic, trews, and leather boots that I find very sexy, hence why I write in the genre that I write in. But it is more than just how my hero looks, it boils down to who he is. I try to write about strong yet vulnerable men. I’m not talking about the typical brooding hero, who goes around sullen and hating love, women, and marriage. I’m talking about a man who does not want to simply bed the heroine; he wants to win her heart. That is the type of hero that appeals to me. In my mind, there is far more to romance than heaving bosoms and aching groins.
I know that 50 Shades of Gray and books like it are all the rage right now and that is fine. However, I tend to write clean romances. We’re all adults and we know how ‘it’ works. My love scenes are not graphic or very detailed, but there is a steamy element to them. However, I prefer to leave some things to the reader’s imagination.
I believe we all have a different notion of what romance is. For some, its all about ‘it’, or sex. For others, like me, it is about a genuine fondness that blossoms between the hero and heroine. It’s about two people who get to know each other before they share a bed. That is the kind of romance that I prefer to read and I am pretty certain that I’m not alone.
Don’t get me wrong there is much to be said about stolen kisses that leave both hero and heroine wanting more. But for me, I kind of like it when they wait until the time is right for both of them. I like a romance that builds up like that, not one that starts out with the hero and heroine writhing around in a bed together by page two.
My heroes tend to be honorable, honest, men who do not want to hurt the woman they’re falling for anymore than they themselves wish to be hurt. They would also fight to their dying breath to protect their women and their families. I love a hero with a strong sense of honor as well as a great sense of humor. I love a hero who tends to be a bit devilish or rakish. I love a hero who can laugh at himself, realizes he is not perfect, and wants nothing more than to prove his love and devotion to the woman who has stolen his heart.
A good romance should have a strong heroine. Not all heroines are innocent, ignorant, or a damsel in distress. I try to create heroines that have been through a trial or two, who understand that not all people are honest nor do they have your best interests at heart. A good heroine doesn’t faint at the drop of an off color word, nor does she twitter and swoon at the mere sight of a handsome hero. I like a heroine who isn’t afraid to voice her opinion or who isn’t afraid to admit she is physically attracted to our handsome hero.
That is my idea of a good romance. One that leaves something to the imagination, one that leaves you rooting for both parties to come together, to over come obstacles, trials and tribulations. A good romance has both a strong hero and heroine. And with historical romances, there is just something about horses, carriages, earls, dukes, Highlanders, and social protocol that make romance all the more fun and exciting.
Defining romance is akin to trying to define art. I often think of the old adage “I don’t know what art is, but I know what I like.” I think romance is like art. It is something different for everyone.
Some people say she is obsessed with writing. Suzan prefers to think of it as a passion. While there is great joy in writing, the biggest joy comes in sharing what you’ve written with the world. So she writes passionately and shares her work joyfully with the intent of bringing smiles to her readers’ faces.
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