Even before I began writing Ten Cents a Dance, I knew it would have a strong romantic element. After all, writing a novel is a process of discovering the characters, and how better to discover a character than by throwing her into a complicated romantic situation? (Not to mention all the delicious fun that creates!) Also, a romantic relationship in a historical novel really brings the past alive for the reader. And with historical fiction, that’s what it’s all about: bringing the past alive.
And then there are the characters who inhabit historical novels. Books aren’t written about the sweet ordinary folk who abide by society’s rules. Instead, they’re written about the people who break those rules. (Think of that love-obsessed minx, Scarlett O’Hara.) When romance is involved…well, let’s just say that lovers are people who have something to lose. Lovers will dare more, risk more, defy family and society, and do things they would never otherwise do, all in the name of their love. This immerses the reader in dilemmas that real people actually faced back in the day. (More delicious fun!)
This is what historical fiction does best: shining a light into the shadowed, forgotten corners of history, the stories that are lost because they’re not “important enough” to be included in a textbook. The stories of people who lived before us, whose names we don’t know, but who loved intensely. Passionately. Stories that remind us that fashions and society and customs may change…but romance is timeless, and true love is immortal.
Website: www.christinefletcherbooks.com Blog: http://christinefletcherbooks.blogspot.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/cm_fletcher Bio: Christine has published two young adult novels: Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance, which was named a YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She practices veterinary medicine part-time; the rest of the time, she's in her office, clacking away at the keyboard. She's currently working on her third YA novel.