It's definitely a trippy thing. I thought it was weird when I had one book in paperback, but now? You may as well toss me in the loony bin. ;)
I wanted to do something a little different with this book. I ADORE Regency romances, but sometimes they can be a bit predictable. Of course the beautiful young lady is going to fall for a handsome, titled gentleman, right? That's just how these things work! I know this, you guys know this, fans of Regencies all over the world know this.
Leah Ramsey knows this, so when she goes back in time, that's who she's convinced she's going to find.
Hurray for the unexpected!
I definitely got to delve a little deeper into the time period in this book than its' predecessor, THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL. Don't get me wrong, I still did tons of research, but this was into areas that I hadn't previously thought a lot about before. Two of them in particular - the day-to-day life of servants in the Regency period, and the history of boxing.
Servants had it pretty rough back then. Of course, since the advent of the wonderful Downton Abbey, there's been a lot more interest in historical servant life, but there still weren't a heck of a lot of resources to go by. I ended up finding a wonderful little book that detailed all the ins and outs of a servant's day, from the butler down to the scullery maid. Of course, since it was written in the 1800s, it was a bit tough and dry, but hey, the research is the research, right? From this book I recreated what I imagined would be the job of a brand new Under House Parlor Maid, and Leah had a brand new occupation. I will admit to watching an inordinate number of episodes of Upstairs Downstairs, more for the feeling than anything else.
Another supercool area I got to research for this book was the history of boxing. Pugilism was a very popular sport in this era (Gentleman Jackson's Saloon, anyone?) so having a hero who doubled as a fighter was an unexplored territory for me, and I ate it up.
I wove some of the history throughout Avery's pugilistic scenes, meshing fiction and fact together in a weird fries-with-that sort of combination. After all, I wanted the scenes to be authentic. So now I can tell you what the Fancy is, a knee man and a bottle man, and give you more about Regency boxing than you ever wanted to know.
Of course I'll come entertain at your dinner party!
I'll be honest, research intimidated me when I thought about having to write historical. I always swore I'd never write historical, and then I wrote a time travel, which I excused to myself by saying it was only HALF historical. And then I wrote another. And now I'm doing another, while mentally planning about six straight historicals in my head.
Never say never, kids. Research is fun!
Anybody done any interesting research lately? Let me know below! Oh, and make sure you enter the contest on Goodreads to win a signed ARC of GEEK GIRLS DON'T DATE DUKES. Time is running out! :)
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