I believe an introduction is in order…

Greetings! I’m Susanna Fraser, and Elena Greene was kind enough to invite me to be a guest poster here with the Riskies on the third Friday of every month. So I suppose I should begin by telling y’all a little about myself.

It’s all Sean Bean’s fault.

Eleven years ago now, when I was busy writing my first, extremely rough draft of the book that eventually became my second published novel, A Marriage of Inconvenience, my dear Mr. Fraser and I went to see Fellowship of the Ring on its opening weekend at Seattle Cinerama. I loved everything about the movie, but above all I just couldn’t take my eyes off one character.

When I got home, I went straight to the Buffy board that was then my main internet community and said, “WHO is that actor who plays Boromir?”

One of my friends, knowing I was working on a Regency romance, said, “Oh, honey, are you ever in for a treat!” and pointed me straight at the Sharpe’s Rifles series. So I rented them, one by one–I think most of them were videotapes rather than DVDs, since this was Ye Olden Days. Once that was done, I read the Sharpe books and the Aubrey-Maturin series, and, as is my custom since I’m that much of a history geek, decided I needed to learn more about the real history behind my new favorite books.

I haven’t looked back. Every book I’ve written since has had a military hero, and for the second book I wrote (and the first to be published), The Sergeant’s Lady, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make my hero a rifleman. Next thing I knew, my research bookshelves started to look like this…

…and I found myself developing something of a historical crush on this gentleman:

That’s right, Diane Gaston and Kristine Hughes! Consider yourself put on notice that I will not allow you to monopolize my dear Artie’s affections.

I look forward to future posts, when I shall probably talk food, music, football, baseball, and my next book, among other things. But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with some Five Favorites lists. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments so I can get to know you, too.

My Five Favorite Current TV Shows:
1) The Legend of Korra
2) Castle
3) Game of Thrones
4) The Daily Show
5) Chopped

My Five Favorite Romances Read (but not necessarily published) This Year
1) Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (not out till November, but I bought the eARC)
2) Catching Jordan
3) Doukakis’s Apprentice
4) The Wives of Bowie Stone
5) My Fair Concubine

Five Authors I Love
1) Jane Austen
2) Lois McMaster Bujold
3) Dorothy Sayers
4) Julia Spencer-Fleming
5) Jacqueline Carey

Five Fictional Crushes
1) Aral Vorkosigan (from Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga)
2) Lord Peter Wimsey (from Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries)
3) Marcus Didius Falco (from Lindsey Davis’s mysteries)
4) Joscelin Verreuil (from Carey’s Kushiel series)
5) Tenzin (from Legend of Korra)

Finally, a warning that I may be a little slow on commenting. I have a day job with little non-work internet access, and my dear Mr. Fraser turns 40 tomorrow. Tonight Miss Fraser (age 8) and I are taking him to a Mariners game, and tomorrow is his party.

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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6 Responses to I believe an introduction is in order…

  1. Elena Greene says:

    Thanks so much for stepping in for me–hopefully this will help me finish that damned book everyone is probably tired of hearing about!

    I am laughing at your bookshelves. We have much in common. 🙂

  2. Diane Gaston says:

    Welcome, Susanna!

    You and I have MORE than much in common. We might have been twins separated by birth. Your bookshelf looks something like mine. You love Miles and Bujold. And “Artie,” of course, (but Kristine and I might consider you an interloper!) you read the Sharpe books and fell in love with the British Army. (I loved The Sergeant’s Lady!!!)

    One big difference. I haven’t a clue what The Legend of Korra is or your last three Fictional Crushes. So maybe we’re just cousins….

  3. What a great intro! I’m looking forward to reading you posts! I too thoroughly enjoyed The Sergeant’s Lady! Great book!

    I will warn you the fight for Artie’s favors can get quite scandalous. Diane and Kristine are quite territorial where he is concerned. The results of challenging them could be scandalous!

  4. Turns out I’m home during the day after all–but only because the massage I got earlier this week to ease some slight sore neck/shoulder issues (I have an RSI that’s been flaring up off and on for two years now) somehow made things WORSE. So I’m taking the day off work and strictly limiting my computer time at home in hopes of being back to normal by Monday.

    Thanks for inviting me, Elena, and good luck finishing the book!

    Diane, The Legend of Korra is technically a kid’s cartoon, but it’s very well-done and surprisingly thought-provoking in spots. It’s a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world. I could babble on about both shows for days, but suffice it to say I’d recommend it to anyone who shares as many of my tastes as you do. 🙂

    As for my fictional crushes, M. Didius Falco is the sleuth in a long-running series of mysteries set in Ancient Rome, Joscelin Verreuil is this hyper-honorable warrior-priest type who’s the love interest of the heroine of Jacqueline Carey’s first fantasy trilogy, and Tenzin is basically Giles to the heroine’s Buffy in The Legend of Korra.

    Louisa, I think I can hold my own. I even sort of know how to use a sword.

    Time to give my hands another break. I’ll try to check in before we leave for the baseball game tomorrow.

  5. Cara King says:

    Susanna, looking at that picture of your books, I was thinking “have it — want it — want it — have it — ooh, what’s that?” 🙂

    And I read the e-ARC of the Bujold book, too! (Great minds, and all that….)

    Cara

  6. Welcome Susanna!!! We are so glad to ‘see” you here 🙂

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