Guest & Contest: Amelia Grey

The Changing Face of Research

Good morning! Thank you for having me at Romancing The Book.   I’m very happy to be at your fabulous site today to talk about my latest book A Gentleman Says “I Do”, and I thought it might be fun to tell you how doing research for my books has changed over the years.

I’ve been writing for over twenty years now and while I remember the not so good old days of driving 12 miles to the downtown library so I could check a historical fact, I’m so glad I don’t have to do it anymore. Years ago, I would buy a lot of research books so I wouldn’t have to keep checking them out of the library. Though, I have to admit that I lost a lot of valuable writing time leafing through and reading research books. In truth, I’m quite proud of my book collection that is surely well over one-hundred, mostly large, hardback books, but this is the sad thing–I seldom use them anymore.  And of course, you know why. Today, if I want to know it, I don’t have to leave my desk to even pick up a book and certainly not drive to the library to get it. Whatever I need to find out, all I have to do is just click on the internet and everything is literally at my fingertips.

A few years ago when I was writing Western historicals, I bought Time Life’s whole collection of hardback books of The Old West. I just counted and there are twenty-four of them, and they are fabulous, informative books. I have the Civil War Collection, too. In contrast, when I was working on A Gentleman Says “I Do” last year, I didn’t leave my desk when I wanted to do a little research on twins. I thought it might be good to know how often twins were born during the Regency. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much historical information to go on. But the few references I found seemed to agree that before the twentieth century it was very rare for both twins to live to be adults. The main reasons given were the living conditions at the time. Quality of hygiene and food was poor, and for most areas competent medical attention. And usually one infant is born smaller and therefore susceptible to succumb to the harsh living conditions.

But I didn’t let the fact that twins were rare keep me from letting my hero, Iverson Brentwood in A Gentleman Says “I Do” be a twin.

I hope you will check out my new book A Gentleman Says “I Do” which is on sale now at your favorite local or online bookstore. Here’s a short synopsis of the story.

Here is a short synopsis of the story to enjoy.

Iverson Brentwood has finally met his match. Catalina Crisp heats his blood like no other lady.  Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way… she is the daughter of the man he’s sworn to destroy.

Catalina’s father is a well-known writer, but he’s a wastrel whose disappearances continuously put them close to destitution.  Something drastic must change, so it is with quill in hand, that Catalina completes her father’s latest parody of Iverson and Matson Brentwood’s spectacular arrival in London.  When the story hits the newsprint, a darkly handsome man is at her door, looking for her father.

Seeing the dashing rogue in the flesh, for a bewildering moment dallying with the rake seems like the perfect fictional escape—and it’s all she can do not to give into the madness of the intriguing man.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Gentleman Says “I Do”.

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14 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Amelia Grey

  1. erinf1 says:

    Thank you for a very interesting post and giveaway! In this day and age of modern medicine, twins aren’t the wonder that they used to be. Just like you said, medical and social conditions often meant that the wonder of twins didn’t last long. I’m very intrigued by your book and it’s just been added to my wishlist 🙂

    Have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day!


  2. Maria d. says:

    I already have a copy of “A Gentleman Says I Do” and can’t wait to read it so please don’t enter me in the contest. I enjoyed reading about Amelia’s research and the back story for her book. We have some of those old “Time Life” books and they are fun to read and look at.

  3. Good morning everyone!

    I’m happy to be with you on this Memorial Day. My thanks to all our service members present and past.

    Erin, it was interesting to discover there were so few twins who lived to adulthood before the 20th century. Today twins are not an oddity at all. Thank you for adding AGSID to your list!

    Maria, you made my day! I like hearing that you already have AGSID! Thank you!


  4. Barbara Elness says:

    I think the internet is a wonderful thing for research, but if I were writing a book, I’d still want to go visit the setting I chose, just for research you understand. 😀 I think it would be wonderful to see as many sites as possible so I could make sure everything was accurate. I know, of course, that’s not always possible, so it’s a good thing lots of other people have visited these places and posted things about them on the internet. I’m really looking forward to reading A Gentleman Says “I Do,” it sounds like a fantastic story.

  5. Jane Squires says:

    It’s nice to be able to use internet to research material isn’t it. It is a valuable tool to me since getting older keeping up with my health. Now even your doctor can write you on the internet and you can write them. But I still prefer a personal visit. But I found doctors use that tool in a bad way at times by not taking the time to listen anymore to the person when they are there in person. Also they hand you a print out instead of telling you stuff.
    But I bet it it nice to be able to be home more and use internet. God Bless. Would love to be entered.

  6. Carol L says:

    I enjoyed your post about researching. It’s truly amazing how we can search out anything we want on the internet. For a writer that has to be a true blessing because you don’t lose valuable time you could be writing. I love your books Amelia and look forward to reading A Gentleman Says “I Do”.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. Diane Sallans says:

    I never realized or thought about twin survival. I had twin great uncles born in the 1880’s, one lived into his 80’s and the other made it to 100.
    Since Iverson is a twin, will we be reading his twins story?

  8. Leanna Hiner says:

    Great interview! I too, am also fascinated by twins. I can’t wait to read this book.

  9. Jen B. says:

    I have often wondered about how authors researched years ago. Some facts are so obscure that I can’t imagine how authors found them. Of course, the internet is full of a lot of misinformation so that can be a different sort of challenge! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  10. JoAnne says:

    Interesting to read how you’ve done research – wouldn’t have thought about buying the non fiction series you did to help you. Can’t wait to read your newest book. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Jen @ RtB says:

    Our contest winner is Sarah, who has been contacted. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support Amelia!

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