Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Scoundrel Lord & Dartmoor

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Loretta reports:

This month is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Lord of Scoundrels.
My publisher, HarperCollins, has celebrations planned, and I’ll be doing some shameless self-promotion here, though in the Nerdy History Girl spirit.

One of the questions many authors dread is “Where do you get your ideas?”  Who knows?  Lord of Scoundrels evolved from so many inspirations.  One was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, which eventually led me to Dartmoor.

I wrote of the hero, “His was a Dartmoor soul, where the wind blew fierce and the rain beat down upon grim, grey rocks, and where the pretty green patches of ground turned out to be mires that could suck down an ox.”

Dartmoor bogs
Though quite a bit later than the time of my story, what S. Baring-Gould had to say about the “wild and wondrous region of Dartmoor” and its bogs in A Book of Dartmoor (1900), does capture the spirit of the place, which I tried to evoke—including the humor.

Dartmoor bogs
Image, Hay Tor Rocks, courtesy me.

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Candice Hern said...

Twenty years later, and it's still a paragon of excellence in historical romance. A true masterpiece. Congratulations!

LorettaChase said...

Candice, thank you very much!

Susan said...

Agree with Candice. And what the heck, that was a fast 20 years! Looking forward to 20 more years of the best from the best. That's you Loretta. Thanks for all the great reading.

Patty said...

Loretta, Il Lord della seduzione( sono italiana) is THE ROMANCE. There isn't other word to tell.
Thank you from all women who love it.
I read it every year.
thank you loretta Patty

LorettaChase said...

Thank you so much, Susan! Grazie, Patty!

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