Guest blogger: HC Brown
I have always been a romantic and can find romantic tales in the strangest of places. I live close to the beach but I’ve lived in England and the Australian bush. I often find my muse pulls stories from places I’ve visited, dreams or from a single lyric in a song. How couldn’t a trip to Scotland or Tintagle in Cornwall spark a story—let alone Paris in the spring?
I tend to drop into my historical zone with yummy Highlanders more of late but Avatar zone is hovering waiting to pounce at any moment.
I honestly believe writing in a variety of genres is beneficial and keeps my writing fresh. I write a wide variety of genres under HC Brown from spicy dragon or cat shape shifter romances to contemporary action adventure and science fiction. I prefer to write a series because as a reader I always want to know ‘What happened next?’ and as an author the characters that stay close to my heart usually beg me to write more.
But my HC Brown author persona is a small part of who I am.
I am International All Breeds Cat Judge and Tutor Judge.
I’m a cat lover and bred Oriental Shorthairs and won Cat of the Year seven times. I created the breed Australian Bombay, and my cats were featured on Burke’s Backyard and a few other programs.
Last year I launched a new pen name to embark on my first love—category historical romance. I read four books a month and most of the time they are historical romance. Regency rakes, knights and Highlanders top my list of reading. So I made a decision to step away from my HC Brown persona for a while to write a medieval romance: Her Norman Conquest will be released by Totally Bound in June. Then I had the urge to write a young adult paranormal romance story and How I Dumped My Demon will be published by Evernight Teen in May. Both these stories are under the pen name Elizabeth M Darcy.
As I mentioned, history is a passion and this year I have completed and submitted, Lost in the Highland Mist, a time travel romance set in Scotland 1425, and a Gregorian-era Highlander romance is near completion.
As an author of many published books, I am always willing to give advice on craft. I am involved in the RWA critique partner scheme and would recommend it highly for anyone needing a little guidance. I always set aside time to assist new authors because very few of us walk into this business with the skills necessary to obtain a contract.
For the chance to win an ecopy of Dragonfae and the Soul Catcher, leave a comment below. The giveaway will close on 4 May 2014. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jenny.)
Left alone after the death of all the male members of her household at the Battle of Hastings, Lady Ann finds herself at the mercy of William the Conqueror. The King intends to marry his knights to Saxon gentry.
Ann becomes a useful if not uncooperative allay by using her ability to speak French to liaise with the terrified Saxon women and their potential husbands. She falls in love with a devastatingly handsome Norman blacksmith only to discover King William has plans for her to marry one of his knights.