The 10 Books You Should Read If You Want to Write Historical Romance Novels

September 24, 2014

Read a BookWhen you think of a writer, you often think of a person sitting in a room surrounded by shelves of books, piles of books, heaps of book, and said person is usually, in your mind, hunched over a typewriter or computer, sporting some type of eye wear, surrounded by empty coffee cups and furiously thinking magical words in a thought bubble over his or her head.

I’m sorry to say most of my writing is done on my iPad as I’m waiting for something else to happen in my day-to-day schedule, and my house contains exactly one set of bookshelves that are mostly full of vintage Nancy Drews.  For me, books have to mean something to take up space on my shelves.  And with the advent of digital, they really must mean something.

So I went through my long list of historical romance novels to find just ten must reads should you decide to write historical romance novels.

  1. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (or any of the Bridgerton books)
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Mistress by Amanda Quick
  4. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley (especially if you are thinking of doing any cross-genre writing)
  5. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
  6. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
  7. The Seductive Starts Set by Courtney Milan (a must for self-publishers!)
  8. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean (recent Rita winner)
  9. This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
  10. Son of a Duke by Jessie Clever (Couldn’t help it! Ha!)

Next week I’ll wrap up this series with a list of good writing reference sources and interesting writing reads.

Don’t forget to check out the first two posts in this series.  You can find them here:

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