It’s become too serious of late, so it’s time for some frivolity. This will be a multi-part blog series over the next few weeks.

I now offer you, based on my years and years experience reading historical romance novels, suggestions on how to write one.* I’ll mostly be focusing on so-called “regency romances.” Many of these suggestions, though, play over nicely into modern/paranormal/etc etc etc. I make these points not to insult the authors, whose books I read, suggest, buy, pass to friends, etc.; nay, friends, I come only to amuse.

Let us begin.

We’ll start with something easy–the Top Five Things You Should Mention in your Regency Romance (RR). This way you can plan to build your story around them.

  1. Tea : Everyone drinks it, everyone offers it, there’s always a fresh pot around somewhere.
  2. Almacks: The ton revolved around it, who was invited, who was going, who wasn’t going, which rake showed up there, who was banned, and the Patronesses.
  3. Ankles: Apparently they were the height of sexy, since bosoms were exposed by evening wear. Make sure there are nicely turned ones. (Turned, not sprained)
  4. Napoleon and the war: Half pay officers, wounded soldiers returning, soldiers dying, someone leaving to war, getting a commission, the escape from Elba, heros. TONS of possibilities here.
  5. Cravats: No nice man is without them. They’re used to promote the hero, bind wounds, point out the silliness of brothers, and so on and so forth.

Next we’ll be exploring your hero.

*Please note, these suggestions are not intended as practical advice. I have neither written nor published a regency romance, though the Incredibly-Patient-Mother has suggested that perhaps I should.