Welcome to Sunday's Check-In For ROW80. Today I'm Introducing A New Weekly Post Series.
Traveling around the blogs, I've seen a few authors talk about their writing research. I enjoyed it so much - I've decided to create my own version of this informative meme. Researching For Romance will be a Sunday feature, and I hope to share random tidbits my own research has produced/produces during the writing process. From historical clothing styles to Celtic myths, from Jewish and Muslim legends on the djinn to fighting styles within the world of mixed-martial-arts, I'll explore my finds. Writing in multiple sub-genres within romance, my research takes me all over! I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to add your comments and share relevant web-sites helpful to the topics posted. Gaining knowledge is always on my to-do list!
First up is something from my newest novel, The Third Fate, a paranormal romance. Being a fan of all-things-Highlander-ish, I grabbed hold of Celtic legend and lore during the writing of The Third Fate, soaking up the myths with an eye toward creating a cohesive back story on the origins of the vampire. Certainly, this research proved great fun. Writing a paranormal romance was liberating, offering me great freedom to loose my imagination in new ways. I loved it.
The Mabinogion, (pronounced Mabin-OGion) a collection of Welsh stories, first introduced me to Pywll. His service to the god of the underworld, Arawn, inspired my tale of vampire creation within my novel. Adding to my collection of tales, I discovered Mysterious Britain, another site perfect for perusing Celtic myths.
At first, I compiled a list of Celtic gods and goddesses, needing to sort through the plentiful deities. Druid Circle filled my head with all manner of suggestions from their extensive collection. I appreciated the description(s) of the god/goddesses realm, origin, and jurisdiction(s), which gave me enough back story in most cases to know if the god/goddess fit into my growing storyline.
Most striking, for me, was understanding that wide variation existed between the beliefs of Celts, who were spread across vast territory. Welsh, Irish, Briton, and Scottish legends vary greatly. I had wrongfully assumed the Celtic religion to be one entity before my research. My studies on religion had more centered around Jewish studies along with the ancient and contemporary religions of the Near East. By no means have I completed an exhaustive study! So much is available; paranormal romance writers have nearly unlimited potential to craft fantastic stories from the wealth of myth and legend surrounding the Isles and their fascinating history.