It's the beginning of a new month and the Playground welcomes debut author, Melanie Dickerson, who also happens to be a fellow member of our awesome RWA chapter, Heart of Dixie. She's giving away a copy of her book, which hits the shelves in two days. She'll explain a little later just how to qualify. And be sure to check out the book trailer at the end of the post. It's breathtaking. So please scoot over and make room on the swings for Melanie.
Thanks for inviting me to come to the Writing Playground today, girls! I feel honored!
I’ve been pondering romance. What is romantic to you? Flowers? Your husband doing the dishes? Poetry? An old European city like Vienna? I vote for all of the above.
What about story settings? I have two time periods and locations that I think are romantic. Firstly, I like to set my romance stories in medieval Europe. And secondly, the South in the late 1800’s. Those settings are romantic to me.
Why medieval Europe? Besides the fact that it was just such a colorful time in history, I think it has a lot to do with the castles and the knights. There is something uniquely thrilling about a castle, so mysterious and intriguing. And knights are also mysterious, and the whole chivalry thing … what’s not to love?
But then, that’s also what I love about the South. The men are so gentlemanly, deferential, and … chivalrous. Not to mention strong, dangerously gorgeous, and capable of rescuing a damsel in distress.
So what setting do you think is romantic? Or does it even matter? Is it more the situation that makes a story romantic? What is romantic to you?
Since my debut novel, a young adult romance set in medieval Germany, comes out in two days (Hallelujah! I hear the angels singing as I type!) I am giving away a copy to one person who comments on this post. Please answer one or more of the questions above!
And if you’re interested in reading a short excerpt from The Healer’s Apprentice, Pepper Basham posted one on her blog.
P.S. If you live in the Huntsville area, Melanie will be having a book signing this Saturday, September 4, at the Lifeway Store on University Drive from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. It's in front of Target near Atlanta Bread Company.