Janice Preston

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I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.
Real life then got in the way and I didn't write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists' Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.
I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I contin
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I'm always pleased to meet another Regency aficionado!
As to research - I read non-fiction books about the era and try to give my own books the …more
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I'm always pleased to meet another Regency aficionado!
As to research - I read non-fiction books about the era and try to give my own books the flavour of the Regency without getting too bogged down in the minute detail.
When writing, I tend not to research until the end when I can see exactly what extra research is needed and then I only include enough to make sense of the plot. And, yes, I am conscious that too much historical detail can slow down the narrative and hope I am not guilty of that.
Here is an example from Saved By Scandal’s Heir, where the heroine, Harriet, is talking to her stepson, Edward –

‘Lady Marstone had it from the doctor,’ Edward said, his shoulders slumping. ‘She could not wait to tell me when I saw her in Sittingbourne this morning. I believe I convinced her it would not be in her best interests to spread such gossip around, but I am not certain.’
‘Lady Marstone? Oh, no.’ Sir Walter Marstone’s wife was the worst tattle-tale in the district, and one of the worst in London, too. ‘How on earth did you manage to convince her?’
‘Her daughter, Bridget, is about to embark upon her second Season and she is quite desperate to get her married off. I hinted that their invitation to Kitty’s come-out ball was in the balance, and that I might use my influence to persuade Lady Castlereagh to blacklist Bridget from Almack’s.’
Lady Castleragh was one of the powerful patronesses of Almack’s, and it was well known that Edward was a political ally of Lord Castlereagh, whose return to Government was rumoured to be imminent, three years after his resignation as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies following the disgrace of his duel with Foreign Secretary George Canning. Harriet smiled at the chagrin Lady Marstone must have felt.
‘That was quick thinking, Edward. Thank you.’

So the 4th paragraph in that example is the ‘research’ bit – just to give a little background and to explain how Lady Marstone might be led to believe that Edward did indeed have enough ‘clout’ to influence Lady Castlereagh! Lord C would, one would imagine, be grateful to a man who stood by him in his wilderness years.
I also try to include some authentic detail – detail that readers will probably never notice but give me a quiet satisfaction. For example, using coaching inns that really existed if my characters are travelling. I sometimes wonder if the time spent researching those small details is worth it but still I do it!
And Austen and Heyer! Yes, I love their books and I do return to Austen quite often. However, I stopped reading Heyer when I was first published as I found phrases of hers creeping into my work and, on read through, they would make me cringe because I knew they were not in my voice! (Brilliant phrases, of course. Just not mine! She has such a wonderful, distinctive voice, doesn’t she?)
I have Frederica on the side of my desk as I write this and I am looking forward to rereading it once I have met my current deadline. I think (hope) my own voice is strong enough now not to slip into a poor imitation of Heyer.
I hope I have answered your question – thanks for asking 

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