Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)


Lady Henrietta's Dilemma - Details Are So Important - Guest Post

Details are so important

Writing is an exciting venture. Yet there are so many issues involved, especially details that make a story credible. 
For instance in what era is the story set? This is where, although my fingers are itching to get to the keys to start the book, I know have hours of surfing the net ahead of me. 

Even after writing three pure Regency novels there is so much more to learn. Detail upon detail pile up, from what industry is developing and where, what war is going on, what clothes are the characters wearing?. 

Some regency lovers are extremely knowledgeable, and know the appearance of their characters right down to the parting in their hair. 

Then there are the colours, what colour gown is suitable for an unmarried young girl? What is suitable for a married woman? This is also important for the head dress, the style of gown and the shoes. These for example, were satin slippers which the more impoverished young girls would fashion and sew themselves; they wore out quickly, as even the sole of the shoe was of satin. It was important to take a spare pair, as often alighting from a carriage, sedan chair, cart, or walking to the assembly room, they may step in horse dung. 

To give a full account of these snippets would take a book in itself, suffice to say it is important for the reader, that the book, characters and places are credible. 

Yet this proves to be exciting work as I know I can safely take the reader into the Regency world.

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About the author:

katy Thank you for having me here today. My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people.

Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig.

Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases.

One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry.

I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death. At present, I am writing the third book in the series ‘Lady Phillipa’s Peril’ and also putting together some ideas for the self-help book. This has been so enjoyable thank you. 

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. I imagine so much more goes into writing than we even consider. The first block, finding the time to sit down and concentrate seems to be the hardest for so many people. Kudos to those who find the way! Thank you for introducing the author, her life sounds so uniquely exciting!

    1. I agree Rosey.

      I think one day I shall want to learn and write a book myself.

    2. Pretty sure you've got the engaging to do it. :)

    3. 'engaging story' never mind me and my typos. I won't be asking to be your editor. ;)

  2. I agree, all of the little details help us, the readers create a visual to get lost in as we read along. Thanks for the fun guest post!

  3. Writing contains so many little details that need to be remembered. It's quite a process.

    1. That is what I'm learning too Danielle. :)

  4. One of my dreams is to write a book some day. I do think it's all about the little details, which reminds me that need to keep writing as practice makes perfect.

    1. I'm thinking I'll stick to reading :D

  5. I have been working on a book for many years, not sure if I will ever publish it but it really is in the details

    1. I hope you do finish it. It will be quite an accomplishment :)

  6. I need to make more time for reading! It has been a long time since I have just sat and enjoyed a book

    1. I know what you mean.
      It's hard to be still these days. But it's always good to be still and enjoy something. :)


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