This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

Join me on the writing journey and get inspired to try writing a little romance into your own life!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Blending Fantasy and Romance

So I had heard of Tam Lin, researched the ballad(s) online (and listened to a few musical reels by the same name), and I had been involved off and on in SCA and Markland events when I was younger, so I had an inkling about medieval life.

I took a few courses in history in college and was an avid attendee of a Renaissance Faire or two in my wild teenage years. I had a fine appreciation of “fairy tales” and certainly read my share of fantasy works.

It wasn’t a big surprise then that I felt the Romance and Fantasy genres could beautifully blend. And certain Mercedes Lackey, Barbara Hambly, RA MacAvoy, Anne McCaffrey, and Robin McKinley books helped cement my opinion.

I (much later) attended a large Celtic-inspired event and spoke to a few families/clans there and gathered assorted information to further round out my research.

So the seed was planted long, long ago and only sprouted when I stumbled on the Tam Lin ballads, since then I've watered it with research and curiosity.

Here are a few great sites to encourage your research about Scotland (in case you're curious):

Electric Scotland

Rampant Scotland

BBC's Scotland

Scottish Timeline

Scotland

Go and explore!

Much LOVE!
~Saoirse

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