Thinking of Writing a Regency

It’s been a busy past couple of days, and today I spent all day in a critique group.  I do want to get back to the competition, but since it’s already 11pm, I better not tonight.  😀 

So I thought tonight, I’d post on something that I’ve been thinking of for the past couple of days.  I’ve written historical westerns, contemporaries, a time travel romance, and am now thinking of trying a Regency romance.  I already have an idea for one.  It’d be about this Earl who’s forced to marry a woman he believes tricked him into marriage because she was interested in his money.  So he doesn’t like her and makes it no secret.  She, however, did not even plan to marry him but was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  So she’s forced into this marriage, too, and since she’s not excited to be with him either, she disguises herself as a stable boy in hopes of running away.  He finds her, of course, but I don’t know if he’ll know who she is or not.  The details will have to be smoothed out in the writing of the book. 

Yeah, I know.  I really like the woman disguised as a man plot.  My favorite Shakespeare play is The Merchant of Venice where the wives dress up as men to save their husbands.  So is it really any surprise I use this in some of my books?  However, if the hero in this book knew ahead of time the true identity of the heroine, it would put a new spin on things since I haven’t done that before. 

At any rate, the plot has possibilities, and I think I also have a suitable title.  I was going to do Marriage in Haste or The Earl’s Hasty Marriage, but my husband thought the words “haste” and “hasty” were funny for some reason.  So now I’m thinking The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife.  Any thoughts?


About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out
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8 Responses to Thinking of Writing a Regency

  1. T.t. Miller says:

    I love Regency Romances Ruth Ann! Since I have many of your works, you know I’ll be reading this when it is released. Please keep us updated!!! 😀

  2. Judy DV says:

    The Earl’s Mistaken Marriage

    Wrong Place Wrong Earl


    • LOL I love the second one. If it was a comedy, it would fit. I can almost picture the guy’s face, similar to Joel’s when he’s not happy about something. hehe

  3. I think you should stay with what you are really great at, Historical American Western Romance! This plot would still work… there were plenty of rich families with stable boys. I think it would make a great Historical Western. Set it in Denver or some other city that would have become rich and prosperous very early in the U.S. history. I know you are best friends with Rose Gordon… but that “Regency Genre” is “Over Run” with authors and titles already!!! Also, in that genre, the men are so “Prissy” and the women are so “Stilted”. You are used to writing stories where the men are “real men and strong” and the women are “strong and independent” NOT clingy. Write what you write best!!!! Lawrence Davenport

    • I understand what you’re saying. I think sometimes authors try to imitate the characters they find so often in other books because they believe this makes the book marketable to the widest audience possible. I’ve been told if I want to sell more, I’ll need to write what sells well, but I just can’t do that. I don’t personally care for rakes or prissy men or women that need a man to make decisions for them. I expect the men and women will be similar to what I’ve always done. 😀

  4. Karen Miller says:

    I love that idea. Of course you are combing my favorite story line, A marriage of Convenience with my favorite time period the Regency. So I say go for it. You have such a unique voice that I love regardless of your time frame your book is set in that I would love ot see what you do with a regency.

    • My favorite plot is a forced marriage (convenient or not-so-convenient). I tend to graviate to those when I buy books. I love finding out how the hero and heroine who don’t love each other to start with end up falling in love. It’s also why I love mail-order bride stories. I’m excited about trying a Regency and seeing how it goes. I expect some of it will be funny simply because I plan for the husband to know his wife is pretending to be a stable boy and will give her a hard time of it just to see if she’ll blow her cover and whack him across the face. 😉

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