Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Author Spotlight - May Williams talks about her passion for historicals

I love history. I come from a long line of serious history buffs. I think the WWII setting that I use in Flyboy really comes from my experiences as a kid. I remember reading William Manchester’s The Glory and the Dream when I was in about the sixth grade. In a nutshell, Manchester’s book is the history of America from 1932-1972. I got an official foundation about WWII from that book, but many personal stories from the people in the small town where I grew up. Whether they were veterans or housewives, they all had a story to tell about life during the war.

My interest in history isn’t only 20th century. I love to look back to time periods when women wore beautiful gowns, everyone had polished manners, and rakes could be reformed. My next book by Desert Breeze is a regency romance called Enchanted by a Lily which is due out on March 15, 2012. Regardless of the time period, history and romance go hand and hand for me. I love the depth that history can give to a story, but a book isn’t a satisfying read for me unless romance blossoms into a happy ending.

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  1. Yep, May, you said it exactly right. History adds that extra story element able to almost becomes character itself. And I also love a happy ending, but it has to be hard won. I write some contemporary romance, but I have to admit that it doesn't thrill me like drawing life-stories out of historical tidbits. Blessings~
    Naomi (Empire in Pine series)

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