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Author Intro: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

That’s what I love writing - romance set on or in another world, sometimes a different planet, sometimes the vastness of space, and sometimes a world that might be our own, but in the future, or the distant past. The phrase was coined for me by a fellow author some time ago, and I’ve used it ever since as my ‘tagline’, so it seemed a good way to start my ‘official intro.’

I suppose all writers find themselves ‘out of this world’ in a way, by the very process of writing. One creates characters, places and situations which might be similar to our own, in a familiar location and a contemporary setting,  or,  conversely, completely different, in another age and surroundings we’ve never actually seen in ‘real life’. While we are writing, however, we ‘live ‘ in that other world. experiencing its influence on our characters as we live, suffer and love with them.

I’ve always been passionately fond of animals, especially horses. I currently have a rescued Jack Russell terrier, two ferrel cats and two horses and can’t imagine life without them. From an early age I enjoyed writing stories about animals and my first horse was an imaginary one. My first attempts at ’serious’ writing as a teenager, were westerns, a way of transporting myself back into the world of the Old West, which fascinated me. Of course, back then, strong, goodlooking cowboys and their beautiful, faithful horses were the main attractions, but as I matured, I realised there was more to it than that. The idea of an untamed land, working with nature and sometimes having to fight to survive, unknown dangers and undiscovered wonders, the exploration of a new frontier, all these combine to make up the romance that is the Old West of countless books and films.

So why do I write fantasy and futuristic if I’m so fond of the western genre? I hear you ask. Good question. The night sky has always fascinated me, all those stars, each one a sun, circled by its own planets. What would it be like to travel the stars and explore new worlds? What is life like on other planets? (I can’t believe that none of all those myriad stars out there don’t have planets that support life - beings who live - and love - as we do.) The concept of exploring space is pretty much the same as the opening up of the West. Brave men and women setting out on a journey into the unknown and facing dangers never before encountered, and occasionally being rewarded by something amazing that makes it worth all the risks. For me there is something inherently romantic about  this.

Romance. That’s the ‘keyword’, isn’t it? It took me a while to realise that every story I wrote had a strong love interest that was the core of the story. I’d never specifically thought of myself as a ‘romance writer’ but as soon as I admitted it to myself, I realised the truth of it. I’m at heart a ‘romantic’, therefore it’s only logical that I write romances, be they of this world or other, purely imaginary ones!

If you’d like to find out more about my books and fantasy worlds, please visit my website, which is linked in my signature - or you can email me at Hywelalyn@hywelalyn.co.uk

I also contribute to several blogs, including my own, hywelalyn.blogspot.com



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The Devils Horsemen

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Title: The Devils Horsemen

Date: 2009-08-21

Whether it’s the elegant carriage horse of the Victorian era, or the mighty destrier  of the middle ages, horses play a significant part in any historical novel, and it’s essential to know something about the horse and its equipment to make the details of a story sound authentic.

I’ve loved horses and ridden most of my life.  Although I write futuristic and fantasy, rather than historical romance,  I still try to include horses in my stories, and  love to learn as much as I can about horses, past and present.  The modern horse, differs from  its historical counterpart not only in the style in which it is ridden, but also the harness and saddlery that is used.  I am lucky enough to live near the Wychwood  Stud, home of the Devils Horsemen, and to have visited them on several ocasions.  They have  one of the largest carriage collections in Europe at this present time, with over 150 carriages covering all periods from roman chariots to present day carriages, over 1,000 saddles and bridles, of all periods and styles,  and 70 highly trained stunt horses, a veritable researcher’s paradise!

This remarkable group of skilled horsemen have worked on such films as  Zorro, Highlander, Black Beauty, Troy, Tomb Raider and many others including countless television series and the ‘Lloyds Bank’ Black Horse commercial.

As well as providing stunt riders, horses and horsemasters for film and television, The Devils Horsemen also give public displays at their Stud, and appear at many events and shows throughout the year.  In addition, they  put on mediaeval banquets, where the audience eat their meal while watching the fantastic display of Western re-enactments, jousting, Cossack riding and many other wonderful displays.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending one of these banquests and have also watched their displays of trick riding and stunt horsemanship, many times.  The jousting is thrilling enough, but when Dan Naprous and his brothers take part in a ‘chariot race’ - minus the chariots, and standing up with a foot on each of two horses, and sometimes using even three horses,  that’s something else!

For a writer wanting to get a ‘feel’ for authenticity or a source of inspiration for any story involving horses, they couldn’t find a better place than the Wychwood Stud and the Devils Horsemen.  If you’d like to see more pictures, and learn more about these talented horse men and women, you can visit their website at http://www.thedevilshorsemen.com/pages/equestrian_displays.htm


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