As many of you know, The Beau Monde, the Regency specialty chapter of Romance Writers of America, is celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the Regency romance genre this year. Since the very first Regency-set novel was written by Georgette Heyer, and published in 1935, a number of Beau Monde members are writing articles about her historical novels this year. The primary focus is on Heyer’s Regency novels, but we are not ignoring her other historical novels in this year-long celebration. Remarkably, Georgette Heyer is credited with originating not just the Regency romance genre, but the historical romance genre as well.
My article at the Beau Monde blog is about her very first novel, The Black Moth, written when she was just seventeen. She initially wrote it as a way to entertain her younger brother, who was confined to bed due to his hemophilia. Though it is not my favorite Heyer novel, I do consider The Black Moth her most important novel, for multiple reasons. If you would like to read my article on The Black Moth, and find out why I think it is her most important novel, you can find it here: http://main.thebeaumonde.com/archives/8131
I hope you will enjoy it.