One of the first real reviews I received was from the Historical Novel Society, who said of Under the Sugar Sun:
I have always wanted to attend an HNS conference, but there are only so many international and cross-country junkets I can justify on my budget. But guess what? It’s time!
This year I plan to go down to the Washington, D.C. metro area to attend the HNS North America conference, featuring guest speakers Jeff Shaara and Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Are you going? Ping me on social media and let me know. This is a new conference for me, so I’d love to have a friendly face to grab a bite with…
In between working more-than-full-time and trying to get the next book out (nearly a year late), I had not expected to find motivation on Goodreads of all places. I try to avoid the site, to be honest.
Goodreads is for readers, and I believe in their right to review honestly. Use all the stars. Give both good and bad news. After all, what one person hates, another might love. If I read that “this book has too much sex,” I one-click. It’s Pavlovian.
Now, while I absolutely believe reviewers have the right to give negative feedback, I personally don’t want to spend too much time dwelling on criticism. I read it in quick doses—like ripping off a bandage while squinting at my screen.
Recently, though, I came across a review of Tempting Hymn that has pretty much made the last three years worthwhile.
Thank you, Phebe. Next time I need a little encouragement to keep going, I’m coming right back here.
I do not accept excuses from my students, so why would I give you any? Well, maybe these are not excuses, but explanations. What is the difference? I don’t know.
Here are mine: School started. Football season is fully in gear. My blog database failed. Most of the last year’s pages need to have their images rebuilt, and part of me is just ignoring that looming chore. Most importantly, any few hours of free time I have are dedicated toward Sugar Moon. It’s coming. I promise.
The site has not been looking its best. Due to a database corruption and a switch between servers, we lost a bunch of images and some posts. I have restored the posts on the Sugar Sun world: the history, locations, and glossary terms. I have also saved the posts on my various presentations: History Ever After (on historical chronotopes in romance fiction), the History Games (on micro-history as research tool), and America in the Philippines (the lessons of empire). Some inconsequential posts may be permanent casualties, though, and I apologize.
Many, many links will still be broken, though. If you find any, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (at jen underscore hallock) or Facebook (jenniferhallockauthor). Thank you!
I was honored to be able to present my research and ideas about the fabricated historical chronotopes in romance genre fiction at the 2018 IASPR conference in Sydney, Australia. My talk, broken into two pieces, can be found below:
Part one looks at how the bestsellers in historical romance are disproportionately: (1) set in Great Britain; (2) overpopulated with nobles; and (3) selective in their historical accuracy.
Part two looks at how the aggregate impact of these chronotopes can be harmful to our understanding of history, to the romance market as a whole, and particularly to authors of diverse books.
You can also download a flyer with some of my charts and my bibliography by clicking on this image:
Finally, here is a place where you can help me crowdsource books that fall outside this popular fabricated chronotope:
Thank you for reading!