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

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Problems and Pushing Through

So, my great new tool (see previous post, please) has a major snag. In making me sort stuff out, I've discovered an issue that creates contradiction in my setting. Yep, it's organized me just enough to point out my own imperfections (I knew there were bound to be problems, but I thought this one was covered).

What's the snare? All this time I've been thinking medievally (more or less) about this story, and the castles and grand homes in the region where the story should be set (in my humble opinion, and that of Sir Walter Scott) are almost all of a later (Renaissance or Edwardian) period. Aaargh! And, the few buildings that ARE appropriate time-wise are either nothing but shabby ruins with little info on the original/early structures or were held (almost continuously) by royalty (or in one case an abusive husband and father of 13 or so kids). No room for my characters to squeeze in there!

This all raises a question in my mind, then. How much history should there be in a rollicking romance?

Think on THAT. I will.

Sincerely,
Saoirse

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