Blog Tour Guest: Anne Mallory

Why do I write historical romance?

The simplest answer is that I chose to write historical romance because I absolutely loved reading it. Sitting down day after day and creating a story from the ground up would be too painful a task if I didn’t love the genre. 🙂

Why do I love historical romance? So many reasons! The diverse settings (country towns, city affairs, wartime intrigue), the class tension (which is what I love to write the most), the social affairs (wit and manners, social scandals, interpersonal intrigue), the feel (that it is “almost” real, but still removed enough for fairytale-styled fantasy). Regency romances especially have their own infrastructure – and some authors write beautiful romances within that infrastructure, and some break the walls right open. That blend of security and freedom are a heady thing for a writer.

I gobbled up historical romances by the bucketful before I started writing them. I loved (and still love!) everything about the genre. And that is why I write them. 🙂

For you historical romance readers, have you ever considered setting your pen to the page?

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Some people have always known they wanted to write. Others fall into it and discover its inherent joy. I’m somewhere in between. As an avid reader, writing a novel had always tickled the back of my mind. There seem to be a lot of people who say, “Someday I’ll write a book.” For me, the feeling tickled, moved into an incessant knocking and finally became a dull roar. All I needed was to make that “someday” into “today.”

I’ve always considered myself a creator, so transitioning to writer was not as grueling as it might have been. From creating two minute stories for people on the street, to creating jewelry, crafts, stained glass, pottery, music, crazy art projects… the list of things I like to create (and buy all the necessary materials for) keeps getting longer amidst my family’s exasperated groans. I love to start something from scratch, and then mold and shape it into a finished project. 
Writing books provides a challenge I accept with relish (and a bit of hair pulling). Building a world, populating it with characters and giving them a script and satisfying ending – what more could a creative type ask for?

I’ve always loved romance novels, ever since I started sneaking them from my Mom in elementary school. I mean, what’s not to love? Rakish men and smart, feisty women, adventure and mystery, the love and loyalty between two people. Give me a roomful of romances, some Agatha Christie, some Edgar Allan Poe, the Harry Potter series and an armful of other fantasy novels, (and steady meals with chocolate) and I’m in heaven.

And heaven is what I consider a particular cottage on an inland lake in northern Michigan during the summertime. If you are headed “up north” this summer, maybe I’ll see you on the way…
Anne Bytes (or pseudo trivia)

  • Started writing on September 11th, 2001 as an escape from the day (needed an escape with a happy ending).
  • Thinks that 11pm is a perfectly normal time to begin reading a 400 page book.
  • Escaped from Alcatraz (story here).
  • Got a hole-in-one on a Par 3 and was just happy to have beaten her Dad on a hole for once. After a quick rotating hip dance, she was surprised to see her Dad still looking from the tee to the hole where the ball had bounced once and dropped in. His mouth was hanging open. Anne’s response? “What?” (In coding terms, Anne != golfer. That’s “Anne is obviously not a golfer” for you normal people).
  • Loves tubing (behind a boat) and roller coasters (Cedar Point, here we come!).
  • Loves paddleball, especially “extreme” paddleball. In the normal variety of paddleball, she helped score 432 hits with Cousins J and Mg one summer day.
  • Played at Carnegie Hall and was so excited she launched her violin bow across the stage when she got to the picking section of the piece. Thankfully said bow was recovered in time to start bowing once more.
  • Saw a Great White Shark in real life (at Monterey Bay Aquarium, thankfully).
  • Wrote her first (and only until Masquerading) book in sixth grade. It was a thriller/mystery centering around two sixth grade detectives. Her Mom assures her it is still well loved (read: stashed in the attic).
  • Began Masquerading the Marquess on Good Friday 2002, sold it on Good Friday 2003.
  • Considers herself a hobby collector. Friends and Family like to call her hobby “pack ratting.”
  • Can relate to the line in Office Space, “Um, I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around nine, that would be great. Oh, oh, yea… I forgot. I’m gonna also need you to come in Sunday too.”

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