For this blog tour stop, I interviewed the authors of some of my favorite historical widow heroines: Courtney Milan, Cecilia Grant, Lauren Willig, Tessa Dare, Theresa Romain, Jeannie Lin, and Susanna Fraser. I have never had so much fun writing a blog post!
I once read an interview (which I now can’t track down, but I feel like it was either with Tom Hiddleston or with someone involved in the making of Prometheus?) which said that larger-than-life stories like we see in sci-fi/fantasy, where dramas play out across galaxies or universes, resonate with us so strongly because our own emotions feel epic and larger-than-life to us. In other words, heightening reality is one of the best ways of making fictional emotions feel as overwhelming and compelling as real ones.
For me, this is part of the appeal of historical romance. The struggle to create an equal relationship with someone is a big deal, such a big deal that even an argument about the dishes can feel all-consuming. That struggle takes on added weight when the financial, legal, and social gaps between men and women were even greater than they are today.