Ever since my childhood imagination discovered Madeleine L’Engles, A Wrinkle In Time, the idea of time travel intrigued me. As I grew older, my interest naturally evolved to more intricate plots like H. G. Wells’ Time Machine…and the timeless love depicted in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlanderadded to my fascination. Whenever a time travel movie released, I was mesmerized by the timeless inspiration. From Back to the Future, Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, and Time Traveler’s Wifeto made-for-TV stories like Two Worlds of Jenny Loganand The Philadelphia Experiment. [If you love time slips, the last two are DVD’s available on Amazon.]
Choosing a favorite hero or heroine across the years had me sifting through myriad books in that genre alone. But when I considered the stories that stayed with me long after I closed the book, the answer stood out like no other. One hero actually had a lasting effect on my life. Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, the extraordinary romantic hero in Jude Deveraux’s A Knight In Shining Armor wins hands down. If you’ve never read the book, you haven’t experienced an incredible romance that transcends time. To tempt your passion consider this:
“Once upon a time, as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress. Thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery meets her sixteenth-century hero who carries her heart away.”
After reading that one story, I was so hooked I read every book Deveraux wrote. Reading the passionate love stories and weaving them into the time travel I adored nudged my own creativity, and I couldn’t wait to try my hand at my own stories.
My thoughts spun with the infinite possibilities of “what if” laced with romance. I soon discovered it takes a resourceful mind to entertain the idea of such a paradox. If one tiny element…like stepping on a butterfly in the past…doesn’t happen because someone travels to the past, the consequences could have devastating repercussions. The challenge fascinated me, and the author inside burst to the surface.
Since Jude Deveraux inspired my first time-slip novel, it was only fitting to name my first heroine after the endearing Montgomery family. Lacey Montgomery, heroine of book one in my Lake Lanier Mysteriesseries, Beneath The Lake, and the star-crossed romance that ripped her from her soul mate, Bobby Reynolds, evolved from A Knight In Shining Armor. Lacey’s persona, inspired by my high school friend, Hilary Johnson, slipped perfectly into position. A lawyer, discouraged with defending criminals, yearned to help honest people in trouble, and some of her finer qualities naturally became part of Lacey.
But her dysfunctional relationships came from my own personal experiences. In truth, I lived far too many years of my life yearning for my own knight in shining armor. I dreamed of the gallant, romantic Nicholas Stafford and those images fashioned my love for romance. Writing time travel drew me into my stories and the lives of my characters came to life. So when I considered the impact that one book had on my life, there’s really no doubt lingering in my mind that Nicolas Stafford win’s my heart for my favorite all time hero!
I hope you take the time to read my timeless inspiration, A Knight In Shining Armor…and I’d love for you to read my Lake Lanier Mysteries, too. If you do, let me know if you could see the parallel. Though the books are very different, there are golden threads that tie them through time.
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