TODAY’S GUEST….

{Historical and Contemporary author}

BECKY LOWER

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Historic or Contemporary? Why I Write Both.

Hint: It has to do with keeping my sanity.

I had three historical romances released before my first contemporary hit the streets. My loyal band of followers was somewhat befuddled that I’d spend my time crafting a contemporary instead of writing the next rollicking historical in my lengthy series. I’m very aware of branding myself, and decided to use a different publisher for my contemporary line, so as not to confuse things. But I didn’t take on a pseudonym, since it’s tough enough to get one name into the public consciousness. Still, people wondered why I chose to cross over to a different genre. My loyal historic fans were tapping their toes, waiting for the next book in my series, and here I was wasting my time. I needed to find a good answer for them.

Here’s what I came up with: my historical romances are stronger if I give myself a mental break in between them.

Historical romances, especially if they’re set in the Regency era in England, tend to merge together after awhile. There are always titled men and women, a season, a debutante ball, running off to Gretna Green, if we’re lucky. After spending a couple years devouring one Regency after another, it became difficult for me to distinguish one from another. Although I love the stories, the characters got muddled in my head. The same holds true with the wealth of Highlander heroes in the marketplace right now. They’re all wearing kilts and not much else, and start off treating their women as chattel, until the heroine tames their beastly behavior.

When I began writing my historical series about a large family in America in the 1850s, I made one promise to myself. Each of my main characters, and their counterpart, would be different from anything else I’d written. I lived in fear of having the same character, only with a different name, show up time and again in my work. I found the best way to keep my characters fresh was to insert a contemporary in between.

For me, contemporaries are less time-consuming than historicals, since the research is less intense. Sure, you still have to check things out. Most recently, I had to dash to my local drug store to see how condoms are packed these days. But compared to my historicals, contemporaries are light on the research, and it’s all about the story. I have fun with them. My heroines are usually mid-thirties and beyond, in search of the second chance to make things right. The heroes aren’t your typical alpha guys either. They’re nice, wholesome men who are just waiting for the woman they want to come to her senses and see them for the sweet men they are.

Once I sort out the conflict keeping my contemporary hero and heroine apart, I’m ready to jump back into an historical. In fact, bits and pieces of the next story have been floating around in my head for days or weeks. I have a fresh set of characters with their own unique traits, and I’m raring to go.

I find the balance between historical romances and contemporary romances keep both sides of my writing life relevant. I’m always eager to begin a new project and having each be so different keeps my mind sharp and my writing fresh.

 

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today, Becky! How exciting to enjoy writing both Historical and Contemporary!

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{Historical Fiction}

BLINDED BY GRACE
BECKY LOWER

In 1858 New York City, Halwyn Fitzpatrick thinks he’s off the hook for attendance at the annual Cotillion Ball. He has no sister to shepherd down the grand staircase this year and no real desire to go through the rituals of courtship and betrothal himself. Besides, he’ll know the right girl when he sees her, especially now that he has new spectacles. But his mother has other plans for him. At 27 years of age, her son is in dire need of a wife.

 

Grace Wagner needs a husband by July, in order to inherit the trust her father has left for her. Her stepfather, though, has plans for the money that don’t include Grace, and the last thing he wants is for her to find a husband before she turns 21, thereby fulfilling the terms of the trust. She’s been in love with Halwyn since she was thirteen, but he hasn’t noticed her at any of the balls they’ve attended over the years. With the aid of his new eyeglasses, he spies Grace from across the room and they share a dance. Grace decides to present him with a business proposition that will satisfy them both. But, can a clueless knight in shining armor and a desperate damsel in distress find a way to turn a marriage of convenience into something more?

 

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BLINDED BY GRACE by Becky Lower

 
 

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{Contemporary}

THE ROAD TO COMFORT

BECKY LOWER

Juliette St.James has only done two impetuous things in her life, and the first resulted in her becoming a single parent at age 18. Now, she’s embarking on a cross-country trip to celebrate becoming an empty-nester. Not sure of what she will do now that she’s flying solo, she comes face-to-face with a cowboy—one of her fantasy dates.

Cyclone Kelley is a former rodeo cowboy who has broken one too many body parts to continue on the rodeo circuit. But the one body part that can’t be fixed by putting it into a cast is his heart, which was broken when his wife died. He wasn’t home to save her, and feels he’s unworthy for any kind of lasting relationship with a woman, so his life has been a meaningless string of one-nighters.

One broken car and an equally broken cowboy later, they must decide if they want to return to their old lives or venture into new uncharted territory together.

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Author Bio:

Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west in the 1850s or in present day middle America. Historical and contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After column. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary. She loves to hear from her readers at [email protected]. Visit her website at www.beckylowerauthor.com

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