In 1994, my first novel, Warrior Bride, was published by Bantam for the mainstream market. Ten years and seven novels later, I made the decision to write for the inspirational market--easier decided than done. Though publishers expressed interest in my medieval romances, I was told that novels set during this time period didn't sell well due to the state of the medieval Church--the sale of indulgences, the exaltation of the clergy, the crusades, the Inquisition (on and on).
When my agent asked for something "different," I took on Chick Lit, a genre I appreciated for its relatively lighthearted take on the young single professional woman. It was a nice change of pace, but eight years and seven inspirational novels later, I'm once more in a "medieval state of mind" (that's not to say that contemporary romance has seen the last of me). And so, in defense of novels set during the middle ages, here's a look at the faith of medieval people.
From Medieval Romance to Inspirational Chick Lit and Back Again
Warrior Bride, Bantam, 1994
Virgin Bride, Bantam, 1994
Pagan Bride, Bantam, 1995
Saxon Bride, Bantam, 1995
Misbegotten, HarperCollins, 1996
Unforgotten, HarperCollins, 1997
Blackheart, Dorchester, 2001
Sorry, no excerpts. I've been asked to rewrite my mainstream novels for the inspirational market--and I just might--but until then...