Let's welcome Fenna Edgewood, a historical romance author who entered the romance scene in early 2021 and never looked back!
Today she's sharing some insight into her author journey, and I can't wait for you all to learn more about her.
Every conversation I have with Fenna is full of encouragement and helpful information (as we indie authors must stick together), so I think it's high time you all get to know her better!
What are the essential characteristics of a hero/heroine you can root for?
A sense of humor and irony. Other than that, everything is flexible. I love a good antihero or a redeemed mean girl (or guy). In my latest (and favorite) book, How to Get Away with Marriage, I even let the Mean Girl character have her own thread throughout the book. Unfortunately, she was not quite redeemed by the end, so I had to kidnap her and leave everyone with a cliffhanger. The hero/heroine's story wraps up completely, but Mean Girl must wait in the dark for the next book! *winky face*
Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?
Yes! I was not a romance reader before January 2021. I picked up a Julia Quinn book because of Bridgerton, decided I would try to write one, and suddenly entered an incredibly empowering world of predominantly women who read and write romance. Most romance authors are women, which at first I found odd--we're crafting the heroes we wish existed for us to love. What!? Now I find that absolutely amazing. Not to mention the fact that romance is the biggest genre in publishing. Romance rules the book world! I also find the genre fascinating psychologically. Readers know they will get a happy ending and they are familiar with the conventions of romance and many of the tropes before they read. Yet it is still satisfying. Like a warm mug of hot chocolate or a comfy sweater. We love the consistency and comfort of this kind of book. I love the idea that what I'm writing might provide that in some way to someone. It also means I think carefully about what I put in my books. I want them to lift people up, ideally, not bring them down.
Where did you get the idea for your first book and/or series?
Honestly, once I started writing, they basically started and never stopped. Coming up with ideas is not the problem for me, personally. The tougher thing at first was actually starting to write a single idea down and turn it into a book. But once you do it, it can be so much easier than it might seem at first. I think we all have millions of stories in us waiting to be told. (I've even convinced my younger sister to start writing. She has three paragraphs so far--I'm thrilled. Wish her luck!) I have always wanted to write books and I used to write all the time as a kid--just like most authors I know. It's the same old cliched story. In my case, I was waiting to be smarter and older and wiser to actually go back to it. Well, I think forty might be old enough! I find I have a shocking lot to say. Ha.