Living my Happily Every After and writing imaginary ones...
I write historical romance set mainly in Victorian London. Currently, I'm focusing on the mid-nineteenth century (the 1850s). I have a PhD in English literature, specializing in 19th-century British novels, so much of my academic background filters into my fiction writing. In my other life, I'm a community college professor of English literature and composition. I hope my books never come across as dry, didactic, or intellectual just for the sake of being intellectual.
I'm married and have a wonderfully supportive spouse and family. Really, I couldn't do what I do if they weren't so committed to my happiness. They're remarkably understanding about work that takes me away from them.
I didn't think of myself as a writer until a few years ago (approximately 2006-ish). Sure, I'd written little throw-away snippets in high school. I vaguely remember writing silly "meet cute" vignettes about my best friends in high school, including one of my friends encountering her true love while riding a horse through the French countryside. I've lost touch with that friend, but I'd like to think maybe she did meet a significant other that way.
Still, I didn't think I had what it takes to be a writer until relatively recently. Then, I happened to read a few books like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Audrey Niffeneggar's The Time-Traveler's Wife and was inspired. What could it hurt for me to try, right? When I opened the floodgates, lots of burgeoning ideas came rushing out. Let's see...I started a literary fiction (set in the same time period I'm writing now--Victorian) and a contemporary women's fiction (Practical Magic meets, hmm, maybe "Babel") and a Young Adult contemporary (a YA modernization of Don Quixote). I was all over the place. And I was still learning. I am still learning. I am ALWAYS learning.
A couple of years ago, I decided to do something entirely different. Historical romance enabled me to combine two of my favorite things: Victorian history/literature/culture and happy endings. I hope the fire and joy I feel when writing these historical romances translate to my readers.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC and am a member of Romance Writers of America (including the online RWA chapters, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History).
I'm frequently interested in the meanings behind names. Aren't all writers?
The name "Amara" means different things in different languages.
- In Greek, it means "unfading."
- In Latin, it means "bitter."
- In African, it means "Paradise."
- In Sanskrit, it means "immortal."
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