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June 10th, 2010, 01:04 PM
I love reading about everyone's hobbies, considering that I have always been someone who seemed be doing something.
Over the years I have arranged flowers for myself as well as friends, cross-stitched, decoupage and myriad other crafty things. In more recent years, genealogy consumed my waking hours, allowing me to accumulate over 40,000 names :thewave:in my Family Tree Maker database.
However, as a writer, by hobby doesn't drift far from my writing itself. I spend a lot of time researching, :detective: as I write Regency romance. To effectively write a historical novel, an author must give the reader the feeling that they are reading about another time and place.
I love reading history, particularly American and British and use that interest to write my novels. Of course, my genealogy plays heavily in what I write. Many names from my own family tree can be found in my novels.
Oh, yes, I love movies as well, particularly period pieces. :popcorn: There's a lot to be said for an afternoon spent watching Gerard Butler or Colin Firth!
I'm always busy, with very diverse interests.
June 10th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Hi Brita. I love reading Regency romances (and just about any setting in romance!) Its really one of the top favorite genres for me. Its so much a comfort read for me to pick up a historical romance to read. I will be reading a book and learn something new, like "May Day" where the children played around a tree. I read it in a book and wanted to know more and got so interested in it and finding pics and all. I don't want to write, but I love reading about it and sometimes looking up certain areas that fascinate me! Looking forward to checking out your books!
I enjoy visiting art museum, especially the historical pictures! and the Impressionists. Some beautiful historical art then!
Lisa Marie Wilkinson
June 10th, 2010, 10:11 PM
I share your love of period films...if it's a costume drama, I'll watch it! Some of my favorites are Valmont, The Affair of the Necklace, Dangerous Beauty, Masterpiece Theater productions on PBS (too many to name), Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre (the version with Timothy Dalton is my favorite).
Like you, I also write historical romance, and I enjoy the research and learning about different historical eras. It's important to me to portray historical detail as accurately as possible because I don't want to be accused of writing "wallpaper" historicals.
June 13th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Humph....I think we both shop at the same royalty free photo site! LOL
Tara S Nichols
June 13th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Dried flower arranging, or fresh? I used to do wreaths which I sold, but I always admire floral bouquets. I don't have a knack for fresh at all.
June 15th, 2010, 10:33 AM
Hi Miss Mae,
I suppose we do, though I really didn't find the pic for my cover. Noble Romance's extraordinary cover artist, Fiona Jayde found it and produced the beautiful cover for Serenity's Dream.
I like your badge as well. I think 'Serenity' would look great anywhere.
June 15th, 2010, 10:36 AM
I have always arranged silk flowers. I'm not typical I suppose, but I like my arrangements to last and fresh just doesn't do it. My husband laughed the other day and told me I really needed to dust the one that was in our bathroom.
The best one I ever did, I think, was my daughter's wedding bouquet, where I got quite carried away. It was huge but she loved it. My youngest is getting married in October and I'll be doing hers as well.
Tara S Nichols
June 15th, 2010, 10:44 AM
Oh, I forgot all about silk. They really have some beautiful ones out there. I remember my mom used to do paper flower arrangements. They were huge poppy like blossoms.
Wedding bouquets just makes brilliant sense!
June 15th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Her bouquet is kept dust free and 11 years later, it is still like new. I hate spending money on real flowers, cuz they don't last and I feel like I just wasted $$$.
Tara S Nichols
June 15th, 2010, 11:06 AM
That makes sense. I used to sell dried flower wreaths but I gathered my own flowers. Meadows were allows loaded with them and my neighbor had a fabulous cut flower garden that he shared.
Dust free is a plus. Because with dried, there's no hope of getting the dust off.
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