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When researching for a historical novel, how much harder is it to find anything on queer relationships? And menage especially?
There is a wealth of information out there about the history of queer relationships and ménage, but in terms of emotionally authentic conflicts and the type of books I am trying to write (erotic, engaging, gripping), it really isn’t necessary to do all that much historical research. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do a ton of research but it’s mostly, “Oh my god did you know that they were doing that all the way back in 1700?” Answer: Of course they were. Basically, there’s nothing new under the sun. So, whether it’s MMF or FFMM (or plain old MF lol), there are negotiations and pitfalls and misunderstandings that crop up no matter what. Meanwhile, if you want a deeper academic perspective, a great resource for ongoing study about the history of sexuality is the blog Notches. They cover a sweeping range of issues, from queer studies to narrative patterns to political ramifications. I highly recommend it. As for my books, while I try to work in a lot of historically accurate details, ultimately I want readers to feel what my characters are feeling—and those feelings tend to be timeless. What do your readers think? Are human feelings timeless?
Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Cambury has been a “wild romping girl” all her life: dressing in trousers, riding astride, and doing just fine, thank you very much. Her father’s exceedingly generous bequest—and her mother’s liberal views of the world—have ensured that Georgie will never be a slave to the barbarous institutions of marriage or motherhood. Or so she thinks.
When she returns from five years in North Africa to boring Derbyshire for a brief, obligatory family visit, she finds herself in the midst of a legal snarl involving Mr. James Rushford and Lord Trevor Mayson—neighbors, lovers, and her two closest friends. Mayson’s father has declared that he must marry or forfeit his vast inheritance, so Georgie blithely offers to walk down the aisle, in name only. Problem solved.
But try as she might, Georgie cannot ignore the passion that quickly blazes between all three of them. When her marriage of convenience turns into something much deeper, Georgie must decide if she is willing to give up the independence she has fought so hard to achieve—or if love is worth the ultimate surrender.
About the Author:
Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.
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