I read a historical romance set in the early 1800’s England. I enjoyed the story of the book but there were some major problems with it — it wasn’t set realistically in the 1800’s. There were words and phrases that were modern to the 21st century reader but not appropriate for the locale of the story. For someone who used to read giant, thick historical romances where the author entrenched you in the time period you were lost in, that lack of attention to detail did not allow me to enjoy it as much.
Realism isn’t just about dealing with tough subject — it’s also immersing your reader into the world. Whether it’s a ball at the Duke’s house or a Martian colony on the Red Planet, adding realism only helps to strengthen the connection the reader has with your work.
With me to discuss how we authors can do just that is Dr. Linda Beed. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/7995757. Or, download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune in!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After submitting to a short-story contest, those who read the entry convinced her that she had a work worthy of publication. Disturbed by what potential publishers wanted to turn the story into, she established On Assignment Publications and released Business Unusual. She followed that publication with Flavorful, her short-story contribution to Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships. That compilation became a 2011 best anthology of the year nomination.
Her Gifts, book one in the Living His Love series is her first inspirational romance novella. That work will be followed by the novel Through the Fire, the second in the Covenant series.
As a conference coordinator she has shared in the success of national literary events such as Romantic Times. She also serves on the faculty of the Black Writers and Reunion Conference. Her other writing endeavors include contributions to Shades of Romance digital magazine. Dr. Linda is also the founder of ‘It’s In Your Hand’. This annual event serves to bring together entrepreneurs and those needing encouragement for the exiting business or contemplating turning their passion into a fulltime or part-time business.
A veteran children’s minister, Dr. Linda is a living example of her tagline: Using Words to Bear Good Fruit. She is a member of the Seattle/South Sound chapter of the Professional Women of Color Network and the National Council of Negro Women. In her quest to help further the education of others she is on the Board of Directors for the T&T Foundation.
Dr. Linda Beed