You might have noticed I practically worship Kaki Warner, the super-star western-themed historical romance writer who was so kind to let me interview her here earlier this week. She was so gracious to return the favor. Today I’m guest blogging on her feature titled “Virgin No More,” where I talk about by [rocky] journey to publication and the inspiration behind Wilhelm Montegue, the hero of Song for Sophia.
Finding My Niche, or, Getting Away With Murder “I had trouble finding a home for my ill-tempered, OCD, borderline alcoholic, hallucinating, pianist, mathematics genius, former assassin, possibly gay, autistic savant hero. I wondered why.
My hero, Wilhelm Montegue, was inspired by autistic savants in real life and in fiction. I loved the idea of a person blessed with extraordinary talent yet also impaired by some emotional limitation. Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Ashley, and Lisa Kleypas, to name a few, wrote beautiful stories featuring heroes with some sort of mental disorder. I couldn’t get enough of this kind of tortured hero.
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