Some books take place in the current day, but I generally write historical books. War-Torn Heart takes place in the 1940s. When Waves Break happens in the late 1960s. My current work in progress, The Bloom of Roses, is set from the 1840s through the 1880s.
So why write historical? Well, in a nutshell, it’s what I enjoy. I love history, I love researching the clothing and the speech patterns. I like to see what my characters can do to contribute to their time.
Though I do enjoy contemporary books, I find them easier to become dated, actually. Once a contemporary book turns a few years old, the fashions, the phones, the cars – they’re all outdated. Though some authors are good at not using verbiage that would date a book to, say, 2010 or 1998, others are keen to use the name of the current iPhone model or a specific clothing fashion that screams, “I came out in 2011!”
Books that are already purposefully historical avoid that “dated” feel. For me at least – I am speaking of my own preferences. They’re already set in history where we know what kind of transportation they used and what foods were commonly made in the region at that time, etc.
I am not against writing a contemporary piece. In fact, one book I’ve been working on for a long time is set in the current day. Though maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to finish it – I’m not accustomed to writing with a 21st century slant. One day I’ll finish it and see what you all think.
So why historical? I love it. I love the clothes, the “back to basics” lifestyle we are missing today. I enjoy reading and writing historical novels.