Embracing the Anachronisms ~ Guest post by Rachel Rossano
“An anachronism is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.” – Wikipedia
I love history. Since I was a child, I would pore over tomes of paintings, accounts of long ago events, and maps. Listening to my father’s retellings of his research for his doctrinal thesis or discussing the reasons someone’s representation of the past was wrong, I would collect facts and ideas and store them for later. In my teenage years, I was completely fascinated with Henry the VIII of England and the whole dynasty he was trying to preserve by divorcing, beheading, and out living his wives. In my young adult years, it was World War II that drew my interest. My nose was always in a book.
All that said, I bet you are surprised I don’t write historical novels. The truth is that all of that reading and researching and absorbing is exactly the reason I don’t write historical novels. I have tried, but I struggle with great anxiety and debate where to draw the line between fact and fiction. Where should I stop researching the minutiae of life in that period and focus on the story? At what point do I stop trying to get the language exactly historically accurate and start focusing on the flow of dialogue? Did they use the words I chose back then or did I inadvertently use a word decades before it appeared in the culture? Can’t you just feel the tension?
So, my solution was to embrace the anachronisms and write fantasy. Yes, stirrups show up in my work long before they were developed. Spices that hadn’t made their way east from India and China appear in my heroine’s cooking pot. I don’t always do enough research into foods. My midwife washes her hands and everything in the birthing area long before they had any concept of germs. Still, my heroes and heroines are restricted to horse and foot travel. I don’t let anyone eat potatoes yet. Also, I generally keep my characters ideals and reactions contemporary with their time period.
How do I decide what to allow in and what to avoid? I try to make a judgement call based on what would pull the reader out of the story with a question. If it jolts you out of the story, I try to avoid it. Things do get through the editing process. If something pulls you out of the story, let me know. I am still growing and always eager to get better at my craft.
We all like a reward, don’t we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That’s the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano’s Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway!
About the Book
She couldn’t hide forever.
A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?
His reward isn’t what it seems.
King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.
About the Author
Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.
Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway. https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Guys/dp/B009EAO38C/
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