Diane Gaston here, very
happy to be a guest blogger on Number One London. This piece, slightly edited
here, first appeared on Risky
Regencies on April 24, 2006.
Let’s face it. I’m in
this business, writing Regency Historical Romance, for the heroes.
What could be better than
spending your days with some hunky gentleman in pantaloons, Hessians, and a
coat by Weston, who says things like, “You’ve bewitched me, body and soul.”
The Regency gives us such
wonderful heroes. Wealthy marquesses and dukes. disreputable Rakes (as opposed
to my Reputable
Rake, Harlequin Historical, May 2006, still
available in ebook), corinthians, gamblers, impoverished vicars, and my
I’m with Mrs. Bennett
when, in Pride and Prejudice, she says, “I remember the time when I liked a
red coat myself very well—and, indeed, so I do still at my heart.”
That’s me. Show me a man
in his regimentals and I’ll show you a potential hero.
Maybe I love military
heroes because my father was an Army colonel. I grew up with that whole
military mind-set of duty and honor and country. Woke up to reveille. Went to
sleep hearing taps. Or maybe it was listening to all those Chivers audiotapes
of the Sharpe series, hearing William Gaminara read, “Sharpe swore.”
Writing a soldier for a
hero gives so much dramatic potential. The hero faced hardship, faced death,
experienced scenes we would find horrific. He’s honed his body to be strong.
When he returns to England from war, he must look on the society to which he
returns in a whole new light. I think it makes for lots of interesting
I have a brazillion books
on the Napoleonic war. Three of my favorites are:
Redcoat: The British
Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket by Richard Holmes, This book covers
everything about being a soldier during that time period.
I have another book that
makes me sad: Intelligence
Officer in the Peninsula, Julia Page, editor.
These are the letters and diaries of Major the Hon. Edward Charles Cocks, a man
who loved soldiering with a passion that makes the journals occasionally
boring. It makes me sad because the war takes his life. Even Wellington grieves
I’d love to write a
series of Napoleonic war love stories, sort of Bernard Cornwell-style but with
a really satisfying romance. I haven’t quite done it yet, but I did write a
series of soldier
books that featured part of the war. And my last
By Duty, ends with the Battle of Waterloo. My next
book, Bound By One Scandalous
Night, begins right before the battle.
Okay, let’s face it. I just
want to spend my days with some hunky officer in regimentals.
Gaston is the award-winning author of over 20
Regency Historical Romances.
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