Welcome, Michele Stegman! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your passions.
I think it is wonderful when an author has a passion about something and puts it into her books. For instance, a friend likes to do beadwork and wrote a book where the heroine does beadwork. Another author writes books about quilters.I have a lot of interests, as you will see with a quick look at my website. www.michelestegman.com Two of my passions are hand spinning and weaving. As an author of historical romances, I enjoy “living in the past” as I card and spin up a fleece, then use the yarn I spin to weave a shawl or scarf. And I think it is wonderful to know the name of the animal a piece of my clothing came from!
Before the Industrial Revolution (late 1700’s) a lot of time was taken up with spinning and weaving. It was the only way to make cloth for clothing. In some colonies, there were even laws about how much wool each person, including men and children, had to spin each week.Clothing, bedding, and linens, are listed in old wills as important items that are passed on to the next generation. A well made, homespun dress might last two or three generations.
But very seldom do I read anything about the heroine, or anyone else in a book, spinning or weaving. I seldom see a spinning wheel or spindles in movies, either.So have I put a lot of spinning and weaving into my own books? Well, I’m working on it. In my next book, Conquest of the Heart, set in 1067 England, there is some mention of it. And I’ve started a book about a woman whose profession is a hand spinner in 1665.
Another passion of mine is cooking and baking and I have made use of this passion in my books. In Fortune’s Foe, the heroine is a disaster in the kitchen and has to be rescued by another woman, who becomes the heroine in the next book in the series, Fortune’s Pride. In Mr. Right’s Baby, my heroine also likes to bake--which is much appreciated by the hero. What are your passions? Do you like to read about them in romance books? Or, if you are a writer, do you include your hobbies and passions in your writing?Michele Stegman loves history and enjoys writing historical romance. She also enjoys living her history in an 1840’s log cabin complete with spinning wheel, looms, and her own homemade soap. Her daughter calls the place “Pioneer Village.” But Michele appreciates modern technology, too, and could not get along without her laptop and iPad!
Mr. Right’s Baby is Michele’s only contemporary romance, a genre she never planned to write. But one day she was driving along and the whole plot for the book popped into her head and she knew she had to write this one! Mr. Right’s Baby can be found at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102049 and http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Rights-Baby-ebook/dp/B00655TAFA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330303934&sr=1-1For information on Michele’s other books as well as her passions (on her My Art page) visit her website at www.michelestegman.com