The RWA national conference is quickly turning into a misty memory and my voice has finally returned completely to normal. But it struck me that one question I heard over and over again is, "What are you looking for?"
I also got a lot of comments about how "everything" during the Regency era is about a duke, who is either looking for a bride or hiding from getting a bride.
In my defense, titled gentlemen in Regency time show no signs of slowing down. As an editor, I need to be aware of what's working in the market. But, let's pretend I didn't have to worry about such pesky things as P&Ls, royalty statements, and bestseller lists.
What if I could acquire anything I ever wanted without worrying about, you know, consumers. Well, here's part of my dream list. I hope you enjoy it.
1) A contemporary where I get to be the heroine. Have you ever noticed that the hero always seems to have just broken up with a woman who loves her career, doesn't want to move to the ranch so she can keep that career, isn't ga-ga about babies, dresses stylishly, and wears make up?
She's evil and she is ME. Seriously. Me. So, I'd like to get to be the heroine and not be evil because I like my job and don't like diapers.
2) The big one, WWII. I would love a great romance set during WWII. But they don't work. I would say I don't know why, because I do: it's the war. Those Regency men were always at war--but England wasn't attacked. I still think it's fascinating, though.
3) My dream historical novel team: Here are women I think are way overdue for their own historical novels. In fact, one of these could work, so someone out there: this could be your lucky day.
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy: She defied her mother and married a protestant Duke! She packed a lot of living into her short life.
Nabby Adams: She was John Adams' daughter and, trust me, HBO didn't tell the half of it.
The last tsar's daughters: Yes it all ends badly, in fact, it ends pretty badly for all these gals, but that didn't stop THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL--and she lost her head!
This is only part of my dream list--I can save the rest for another day. But what would YOU like to see? Don't worry if you think it's practical, what is your dream book?