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Comedy and True Love with Christy English

I have written historical romance for a few years now, and I have discovered that comedy is my favorite kind of romance to write. I had never tried my hand at comedy before, but when the Waters family of Glenderrin introduced themselves and told me the premise of their story, I knew that comedy had come to my creative world. There were moments of humor in the Shakespeare in Love series, but Broadswords and Ballrooms are absolute light-hearted romps.

The whole idea of two brothers having to bring their younger sister from the wilds of Scotland to the staid, quiet ballrooms of London and marry her off to an unsuspecting Englishman tickled my fancy. And as I wrote the novels, I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of both brothers, and especially those of Mary Elizabeth, their wild, knife-throwing sister.

Comedy is a lot of fun to write because sometimes I don't know what's next. The characters give me a bare outline of an act, but as the scenes unfold on the screen of my computer, I discover that there is always more to the events of a novel than I first thought. For example, in HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOT, I knew that Mary Elizabeth was going to give Catherine a sip of whisky on her ice when they went to Gunter's, but I had no idea how much whisky Catherine would actually drink or what it would do to her. Alexander and Catherine's first kiss came out of that scene, and so comedy opened the door to exploring the nascent beginning of true love.

I find that, in comedy, the ladies of my romance novels often carry weapons, though happily they are rarely in danger. Prudence in HOW TO WED A WARRIOR finds herself in a difficult situation, and Robbie Waters comes to her rescue only to discover that she is not bad with a blade. The scene gives the characters a time to bond while fighting for their lives, but it also shows Robbie that she is a woman to be reckoned with. Though Robbie knew this already and loved her for it, watching Pru in action makes him love her more.

In the third act of my three part comedy, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR HIGHLANDER, when I began writing I knew that Mary Elizabeth was going to show her new friend a place to hide from all the guests that had descended on the ducal mansion. But until I was writing the book, I had no idea that they would end up on the roof and that Mary Elizabeth would have to get them off it. Of course, her friend, the errant stable boy who is actually a duke, falls in love with her ability to take care of herself as much as her beauty. Without the freedom of comedy and literal pratfalls, I would have had to find a different way for the duke to discover how much he cares for our Mary Elizabeth.

Comedy makes a lot of room for fun and artistic freedom. It allows my characters a lot of leeway to explore adventure without any of them getting hurt. And ultimately, that is my goal. For my characters to find ways to solve their problems together even as they are falling in love.

post-divider rightwarriorSeries: Broadswords and Ballrooms (Book 2)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN-10: 1492612901
ISBN-13: 978-1492612902
ASIN: B0169AK284
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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He's the scourge of the Season…

Reasons to quit London:

1. It's not the Highlands.
2. It will never be the Highlands.
3. It's full of the bloody English

When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady-never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman's prim exterior.

Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she's never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies…lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.

He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a Scot.

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christyEver since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me Lori!

  2. A highlander is a real man with principles and strength of character. A highlander who I would admire is Jamie Campbell in Highland Warrior.

  3. Jamie Fraser from Outlander is my favorite Highlander.

  4. Jamie Fraser from Outlander is my favorite Highlander.  He is loyal, brave, honest, and compassionate.

  5. Jamie Fraser for me as well. He has the characteristics of a real hero/man. Thanks for the post

    . I always enjoy humor in my Romance stories. 

    Carol L

  6. I don't have a favorite hero from the Highlands.

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