The Marriage Spell
I’ve chosen to post on Fridays (plus other days as ideas strike), and I was all set to start with “Friday’s child is full of woe,” but being a careful, researching writer, I Googled and found that it’s Wednesday’s child who is full of woe. Friday’s child is loving and giving. Thank you, Mother Goose!
Actually, I was born on Monday (“Fair of face?” Nah, strictly average!), but figure that most of us qualify for Saturday: “Must work for a living.” (Parts of that rhyme are astrological. Saturday = Saturn, the planet associated with work. Monday = Moon Day. Etc.)
My work includes a brand new book coming out right now! Since we Wenches are still in our first week, we haven’t developed a protocol for announcing our books, but you don’t mind if I talk about The Marriage Spell, do you? I’m hoping not, since I intend to go ahead and do it. <g>
My last several historicals have all included fantasy elements, and I just love weaving them in. I’m a life long reader of science fiction and fantasy (nor am I the only Wench who can say that), so adding magic is trés cool. My last two books have been in my Guardian series—Georgian settings with big themes and conflicts.
TMS is not a Guardian book—rather, it’s an alternative Regency in a world much like the Regency we know and love, except that magic is an accepted part of life. (This acceptance goes back to the Black Plague, when the wizards and healers came out of hiding to nurse the ill, working alongside priests and nuns. Ever since, magic has been accepted as normal and useful.) Most people are fine with magic—except the top levels of the nobility, who consider it dreadfully lowbrow and tacky. Worse than being in trade, even!
TMS is a classic marriage of convenience, and it starts in the hunting fields of the Shires. (Look for Jo Beverley’s RITA-winning Regency Emily and the Dark Angel for a great romance with a hunting background.) If you want to learn more about my new book baby, go to www.maryjoputney.com for an excerpt and more plot description.
To turn this in a more writerly direction—why do authors change the kind of book they’re writing? In my case, I feared I was going stale on straight historicals, and I didn’t want that to happen. (With my last two straight historicals, one started with the hero dead and the next started with the heroine dead, which is the sign of an author who is really reaching. <G>)
Adding magic brings new dimensions and fun to the stories. I think we all have to balance the creative demands of the Muse with the commercial demands of the marketplace—and in the long run, the Muse must have her due, or she may well pack up her marbles and go home. Heck, that's true even in the short run!
Honor the Muse, and she will honor you.