I recently had a fellow author give me a piece of praise that really floored me some. She commented that I was one of the few authors she'd read who mixed History into their pieces very well.
I was really touched by her words.
See, I was a college dropout. As a fresh-faced, young woman, I worked on my degree in History Education. At the end of my sophomore year, I quit school - temporarily - to get married. Two months later, I was pregnant and the real world suddenly fell into my lap. I gave up my dreamof being a History teacher.
I've found a way to share my love of History in my menages. My Berserkers are immortal shape shifters from the Viking age. I adored researching Dark Ages Norway and Norse gods as I wrote those stories. We see glimmers of their past prior to seeing their present.
And then, of course, my Knights Templar menages give a piece of European history as well. Going back into the 1300's has been fun for me, too.
Then, there are my ghost stories. Yes, I know currently I only have one published, but I just finished another and I think this one's a doozy. I have more ghost stories coming, as well. Just need to find the time!
Until that author said something to me, I hadn't realized how much History really was in my books. Funny thing is -- I've always said I wanted to write more Historical novels once I could write full-time -- when I thought I would have more time to really research properly. And here, I've been writing Historicals all the while.