Tuesday, May 4, 2010
It's that time of year... The flowers pop into bloom and I pop into the 'England Urge.' Funny, but I have to return to Old Blighty every few years or I'm impossible to be around. I've drooled over Things British as far back as I can remember, as a kid in grade school. Someone asked me at my book launch party this past Sunday why I write two English mystery series, why not something based in the U.S. I had no answer for her! I thought about that a lot that evening. I know I love the small villages, the countryside, the folk music, the history (14th - 18th centuries).... I don't believe I have any British ancestors -- at least no one 'current.' So Ancestral Genes are not the answer. But I do love England and its customs. Some are so quirky...at least to my thinking. I've become fascinated with them and that led me to use a different English custom as the backbone of each Taylor & Graham novel plot. They are such a great stage for Murder Most English!
Anyway, I will have to squelch the feeling for another year and concentrate on writing my English mysteries. Yes, I know...what's an American woman doing writing English mysteries? Better question might be: HOW does an American woman write English mysteries? Come back later and I'll give you a clue!