Guest Post: Lord of Her Heart author Sherrinda Ketchersid on Balancing Historical Accuracy with Modern Sensibilities

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Lord of Her Heart
Author:
Sherrinda Ketchersid
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date:
May 14, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

He’s fighting for his future—she’s running for her life.

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite of her conniving ways.

Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only way either of them survives.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside. Sherrinda lives in north-central Texas with her preacher husband. With four grown children, three guys and a gal, she has more time and energy to spin tales of faith, fun, and forever love.

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STINKY HEROES IN ROMANCE NOVELS?

Balancing historical accuracy with modern sensibilities is tricky while writing a romance book set in the Middle Ages. People today are basically the same as those in medieval times when it comes to love and friendship, a desire for a family, and to live a good life; but because of culture we differ in many things, especially in how we think, speak, and act. An author has to be careful and walk a fine line between portraying what is historically correct and what engages readers.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean. In today’s society, women have a voice and opportunities for advancement in work. In medieval times, most women had no say in matters of state or their choice of a husband. While today women can marry whoever they please, women in the Middle Ages had arranged marriages and sometimes never met the groom before the ceremony. Many times women were given in marriage at a very young age—the age of 12 for girls. Today’s reader does not want to read about a 12 (or even 16) year old girl getting married, so an author must take liberties to make their heroines a more palatable age.

Another example would be in the area of hygiene. Today we take showers daily, but in the past that was not the case. Heating water for a tub bath took much time and energy, so baths were not taken as often. I will insert here that it is a misconception that people never took baths or brushed their teeth. In my research, I found that people did not like to stink and would wash with water from a basin. The Romans even had bath houses, so baths were not something that was foreign to those in the medieval era. This was helpful to learn, because readers do not want to think of the hero smelling foul while embracing his love.

One last example is that of speech. If authors were historically correct in the dialect and speech patterns of the Middle Ages, no one would be able to understand the story. So we sprinkle in words to give the flavor of the era. In Lord of Her Heart, I use words like ’tis and ‘twas. It’s enough to pepper the dialogue with an archaic feel, yet is still understandable.

I enjoy learning about the past—the differences of our lives, as well as the similarities we share. It is a joy to spin a tale that not only entertains, but educates others in past cultures. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the challenges of reading historical fiction and some of the more disturbing aspects of the past.



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5 thoughts on “Guest Post: Lord of Her Heart author Sherrinda Ketchersid on Balancing Historical Accuracy with Modern Sensibilities

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and letting me share more about the historical aspect of writing. I hope you have a fabulous day!

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