Please welcome author Susan Hughes to Conversations today! She's here to talk about her historical romance series, Music Box. She's also offering a copy of the first book in the series, Sense of Touch to one lucky commenter!
I’ve been writing contemporary romance for about 10 years. Last year I decided to try my hand at historical romance by writing a series involving several generations of a family, set in my home country of Canada. I called it the Music Box Series after the music box that is passed down through the generations and plays a role in bringing the couple together in each story.
The series begins with the tragic Halifax Explosion of 1917. Sense of Touch is the story of Sean and Amy, who as teenagers met in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed their neighbourhood and blinded Sean. When another chance encounter reunites them in 1923, their friendship blossoms into a passionate affair. It was challenging (and a little nerve-racking) writing from the perspective of a blind person, but I enjoyed exploring the ways people relate to each other through the senses other than vision.
The second book in the series, Someone Like You, picks up in 1947 when Sean and Amy’s daughter, Bridget, flees to Ontario after a traumatic event. There she meets war veteran Adam Walker, who hires her to care for his infant son. This book is especially close to my heart because it takes place in the neighbourhood in Ottawa where my father grew up. I interviewed him extensively on day-to-day life in a tiny converted cottage with no plumbing. I also had to familiarize myself with the experiences of Canadian soldiers in WWII. I so enjoyed immersing myself in the 1940s that I was a little sad when the story came to an end.
I’m now working on the third book in the series, which takes place in 1977 when Adam’s son Ethan, now grown up, searches for his birth mother and meets Tess along the way. I hope to release it in the fall of 2013.
Sense of Touch is available on Amazon for 99 cents. Leave a comment and you could win a free copy!
Nothing gets my heart pumping like a good love story with absorbing emotion, plenty of passion, and an old-fashioned happy ending. That's why I started writing romance novels, and I'm excited to share these stories with you. Set mainly in Canada, my novels explore the extraordinary thrill of finding that special someone and falling head over heels in love. I hope you'll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario, with my husband and three children.