How to write Historical Romance
Richly textured, emotionally intense novels set across a wide range of historical periods - ancient civilisations up to and including Second World War.
Historical Key Elements
- Strong and dynamic characters with believable, relatable conflicts, appropriate for the time in which they are set.
- Central relationship as the driving force of the story.
- Historical research and accuracy are essential to bring the world to life! But remember to focus on the romance.
- All levels of sensuality are considered. From the tingling sensation you get from a wet-shirted Regency hero, to the explicit bedroom romps of Tudor times, whatever the level of sensuality, chemistry and sexual tension are vital.
- Variety is key in this line – we're happy to publish stories from ancient Greece to the Wild West and all the way through to the mid-twentieth century.
- Word length: 75,000
For explanations and tips about conflict, dialogue and emotion please click on I Love Romance
This is where the alpha hero began! From a rake with a wicked glint in his eye to a gasp-inducing muscled warrior brandishing a dagger, a gorgeous kilted Highlander or a rugged, hard-working cowboy, there's a man for everyone! Heroines should emotionally challenge the hero, and inspire reader sympathy, whether they are spirited and willful, an innocent governess or a sword-wielding Samurai . . .
The strength of Russell Crowe's Gladiator, the sizzling sensuality of The Tudors and Rome and the scandalous society drama of Downton Abbey!
Did You Know?
- From the start of 2014 we have acquired 6 brand-new authors for the line.
- Some of our most recent acquisitions include sexy rakes on their Grand Tour of Europe, courageous soldiers fresh from the battlefields of Waterloo and a ‘mouse’ of a heroine who is nowhere as meek as her new husband believes. What will you write?
- There are 6 new Historical Romance books available each month.
Read what we're publishing.
Senior Editor: Linda Fildew
Assistant Editor: Kathryn Cheshire
Editorial Assistant: Nicola Caws
Editorial Office: London, UK