Wow, this first week of blogging has been absolutely amazing! We’ve had a fantastic response from readers, wonderfully intellectual posts on everything from history to writing, and I’m supposed to follow all this up with what? I’m not an educator, a historian, or even a lit major. I was a CPA for pity’s sake. I can give you a history of the book publishing industry over the last twenty years if you’re looking for a way to cure insomnia, but intellectual ain’t me.
I’m currently writing Georgian era historicals because I like guys in tight pants and long hair. <G> (make note, find icons!) I adore Johnny Depp’s pirate, earring and all. Contrasts fascinate me, and they’re wonderfully easy to do when you have a smoky-eyed, steamy hero clothed in lace and buckskin, or a laid-back charmer with an engaging smile lounging about in leather jerkin and open linen with his cravat off. And then there’s the virginal spinster who grabs that cravat and yanks the hero off his feet with a kiss so hot he doesn’t know what hit him. Or the naïve maiden who bats her lashes and has the steamy hero stumbling over his boots.
And to prove my lack of intellectual qualities, I have to admit that I love historical settings for love scenes, as well. Everyone can make love in a shower stall. How many of you can make love in a grotto dripping with moss and flowers? A palace on a silk-covered chaise longue? A ship with sails billowing on a moonlit sea?
And since I’ve done all of the above at one time or another, I’ll soon be exploring new settings on a fantasy island where I get to make up the rules and the environment. It will be set in the real world with real world problems and people, but wow, that island… Hot as the volcano that created it.
So what settings crank your fantasies? And do I dare ask why?