First, we will start with a bit about Elizabeth Hoyt:
www.elizabethhoyt.com and www.juliaharper.com.
(BBB) I am so happy to have you here on my blog today! As I siad before your interview touched a part of my heart. Lets hop right in, shall we? What gave you the inspiration for this series?
(EH) When I began work on the books the had just started. I'm of the generation that grew up immediately following the Vietnam War and I read the books and watched the movies that depicted that terrible conflict and the brave men who came home changed forever. I've also always been interested in World War I, a war that killed a generation of young men and left many others with what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was during the first World War that the medical community first formally recognized and tried treating PTSD.
I took all this background and decided to work it into a series of books about four soldiers returning home from war to Georgian England. What would it be like for them to have experienced war so far from home? How would such brave heroes react to PTSD in a time period when mental illness was viewed as a moral weakness? And how could the women they meet and fall in love with help them to return home?
(BBB) What made you interested in writing romance? (This is with Ms. Hoyt's correction, I had labeled the book as Regency era)
(EH) I watched a lot of swashbuckler movies when I was a kid?and many are set in the Georgian time period (Scaramouche, for instance.) The Georgian period (when the Georges reigned in England?ie: most of the eighteenth century) was an earthy, passionate era. Men wore wigs and swords, ladies had sweeping, lush gowns, and all manner of things were being invented and discovered.
(BBB) Do you dream of writing other genres or is romance your favorite thing to write?
(EH) Romance is my favorite genre, but I wouldn't mind writing a mystery some day.
(BBB) What's your favorite food?
(BBB) If you could have dinner with three people alive or dead who would they be?
(EH) Shakespeare and the Coen brothers.
(BBB) What is you favorite book out of the ones you have written?
(EH) I think To Seduce a Sinner because it was difficult to write?and thus more gratifying when I got it right.
(BBB) Do you base any of the physical characteristics of your characters on people you know?
(BBB) Was is hard to learn the entire society/protocol/procedures for Georgian England?
(EH) Not really. I've always read , so I already had a lot of background.
(BBB)Do you have a favorite book of all time?
(EH) Howard Pyle's The Wonder Clock
(BBB) If you couldn't be a writer what would you have been?
(EH) Nothing. I have the best job in the world and I?m very happy with it. ;-)
Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions!
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