And she was delighted--sort of. Actually, she told me, "I want to do it, but I want it to be over so I don’t have to do it."
Ah, I thought. Finally my shy-in-public genetic material makes an appearance. "I've felt that way before," I said. "Do you want me to come watch? Will that help?"
"Yes," she said. "Stay and watch the whole time."
So I did. And she was nervous beforehand--but once she got up on that stage, all her fears went away. And she did great.
Segue alert: you guessed it, I'm going to relate this to my next historical, To Charm a Naughty Countess, because trying new things is a key part of the story. The hero--Michael, Duke of Wyverne--will try new mechanical devices, or new tasks that rely only on himself. But any new experience involving another person? No, thank you. With social anxiety enough for two, he’s stayed in Lancashire with his Regency gadgets. He only wants to try something new if he knows he’ll be good at it right away.
Until his dukedom faces financial ruin, and he has to marry for money. Soon. Now. That means a trip to London, and a plunge into the whirl of society.
Since this is a romance, you know they’ll help each other become better and stronger than they were at first. And in real life, that’s what I hope for my family too. Though I admit, I'm able to try new things in books a lot more easily than in real life. (When’s the last time I had the chance to attend an elegant ball?)
What about you? Do you like trying new things like Little Miss R, or do you tend to hang back like me? Tell me something new you tried—or didn’t, and whether you’re glad or not about how it turned out. I have one last advance copy of To Charm a Naughty Countess, and I'll give it to one random commenter!
International entrants welcome. I'll choose the winner at noon ET on April 30. I might not be able to email you, so please check back to see if you won!
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.