Writing a romance where the ‘heroine’ (and I dislike the term) has a disability may sound pretty odd, but it was not done as some token nod to inclusivity. What I wanted to show was something as relevant today as in the past, which is that we are all much too quick to see the disability rather than the person who exists behind it, and whose character is in part moulded by having to cope with the difficulties of doing simple things we take for granted whilst facing chronic discomfort or pain. But for one disastrous moment, Celia Mardham’s life would have been much the same as her peers, and she has resigned herself to a new existence where so much that she previously enjoyed is impossible. As far as she and her family can see, any real chance of being a wife, mother, and mistress of her own home has been lost. From this starting point I felt there was an interesting path through the Regency romantic genre, and in the process I discovered the opportunity for far more humour than I might have initially anticipated. This was largely down to the ‘cast’ of house guests that developed.
Bless Thine Inheritance is not a gloomy novel. I hope that the readers will have plenty at which to smile, and certainly writing some of the characters was an absolute joy, whether it be the redoubtable grandmama, the dowager Lady Mardham, or a truly awful house guest in Lavinia Darwen. In my last Endeavour Media Classic Regency, The Devil You Know, the male lead was a man who had many faults, and was the sort who in reality would be a very ‘bad bargain’. By contrast, Lord Levedale and his friend Lord Deben are naturally decent, honourable and thoughtful men who would both be perfect husband material It will be interesting to see which of them draws the most admirers among readers…
Regency romance is not a genre of surprises, but the chance to while away a few hours in an elegant world without the mundane of daily life. I think such escapism underrated.
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