Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Musings with Megan Mulry

Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and a behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found right here. Don't miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!

Please welcome Megan Mulry to the tour.
 
Women are crazy. Women are hysterical. Women need to be put away...especially bossy, confident, defiant, sexual, ambitious, independent women. They're the WORST. When I started writing Bound to Be a Groom on a sultry summer night in 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia, I didn't even realize that I was writing about Those Types of Women. I was excited to explore/subvert/play with those ideas through Anna's character. Bisexual. Powerful. Take no prisoners. Escape from the convent. (Just the idea of sending wayward girls to convents...don't get me started.) I never thought I would publish that book...I just wrote it...the crazier the better! Threeways! Fourways! Doodle-dee-doo! And then I went and tweeted about it—as I am wont to tweet about nearly everything that transpires in my life—and laughed at the joy of it all: lol-and-wtf-who-would-ever-want-to-read-about-FemDom-BDSM-bisexual-heroine-in-Napoleonic-Spain-amiright? And then Sarah Frantz was all, "Me."

So when you're writing on a lark, just hurtling through the creative cosmos because you're between deadlines and on vacation with pisco and your best friends and life is good—why not write about whatever crosses your mind? That's what I always say. And that became Bound to Be a Groom.

Then Sarah and I talked about creating a world that followed on from that world. And again, I wasn't really thinking about it in terms of defiance or subversion (all right, fine, maybe I was...because the world just needs more fourways, damn it). But this "hysterical women who need to be silenced" thing really came through full bore when I started to write The Ladies (that would be Vanessa and Nora...aka My Favorite Lesbians...aka Bound with Love). I went really dark, really fast, without even realizing it. An evil count who basically treated his young wife like a piece of human garbage. It got ugly. But, well, it still gets ugly, doesn't it? Unfortunately that part doesn't really need to be reimagined. Women are abused for no reason other than their womanhood...so, yeah, for no reason. Then Georgie and Selina came along and I don't even know what to say about them. Trust issues, anyone? But here's the counterintuitive liberty of romance novels with a prescribed outcome (a guaranteed HEA): we get to believe, to see a glimmer of hope, that there are worthy people in the world. It's a glorious feeling, to hope against hope that someone is actually decent and fine, and then to be proven right! So, somehow by writing these books I got through to the other side of my anger at the past bazillion years of human history that put women in dungeons and asylums and convents and shitty arranged marriages and, well, you get the picture. I'm over all that now. Catch me if you can, men in white coats with straight jackets! *runs faster*








About Regency Reimagined

Regency Reimagined invites you to enter a sensual realm that defies the rules of polite society, where convent girls are more than curious, and dukes and earls are eager to oblige them—and each other. Pull back the curtain . . . and step into a passionate world that knows no traditional bounds.

 








Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her husband and children in Florida.

To learn more about Megan, please visit her website at http://www.meganmulry.com/




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12 comments:

  1. Megan's story lines seem a great fit for her to be features on Coffee and Porn.

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  2. Sounds like great world-building to me!

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  3. Sounds like a great way to get a story!

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  4. I enjoyed the post Regency reimagined sounds really good to me.

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  5. This is a new author to me, it sounds like a nice series.
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  6. The series sound amazing.

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  7. Another new author for me. Thank you for the great introduction.

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  8. Read and enjoyed the first few in this series! Thanks for the chance with this giveaway!

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  9. Great post. Happy Anniversary!
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  10. Hmm, I've never read a regency book actually, which is surprising given I love that time period in history. May have to look into this.

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  11. I'm not really into f/f but it sounds like you had a great time with it so kudos to you!

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