Tuesday, October 11
A Touch of History
I'm considering writing a historical.
After years of writing contemporary suspense, a historical western is calling my name.
I grew up in history, literally. My parents ran dude horses out of the 150 year old stable in downtown Ouray, Colorado, for 35 years, then my sister did for another five. From the time I could ride, I spent my days in that old building. There are original posters on the walls, old tack and buggies in the building. Ghosts of the men and mules who toiled to carry the silver out of the mountains fill the old place.
Ouray (pronounced U-ray) is living history. It's a mining town, full of old buildings, and many descendants of settlers who came here mostly from Italy to mine the gold and silver in the mountains still live there.
Not too far away is Silverton and Telluride, with similar backgrounds.
History has never been my "thing". My daughter is a history major in college, and she loves it.
So why write a historical now?
I loathe research. Bleh. Kick me in the leg; I'd rather.
I can't find the kind of westerns I want to read. There are a few, but I picked up everything our bookstore had and was left wanting more. So I turned to historicals. I've really been enjoying reading the western ones. I like a good regency, too, but the westerns have been especially good.
Do I want to spend the next 4-6 months on a sub-genre that I'm not that familiar with? Is the story idea I have strong enough to carry a whole manuscript? I'm not sure.
I'm curious if any of you have changed directions and sub-genres, and what your results were?