Hello H.K. It's wonderful to have you on myblog today. You pose such an interesting question for our readers. I've always wondered about an accent myself. I'll be curious to know what our commenters have to say.
From the moment that the idea for my latest historical romance with MuseItUp Publishing The Devil Take You, took shape in my mind, it was one of those magical tales that I am afraid might be a once-in-a-writer’s-career kind of experience. (but I hope not) From first draft, to submission, to edits, to art and release, I have had the most amazing time. With a combination of one of my favourite genres, and the Scottish and British history that I love, I set out on a journey with my anti-hero, bad boy, Gard Marschand that will stay with me for a very long time.
But while I was in the middle of editing The Devil Take You with my fabulous editors from MuseItUp Publishing, I came across an interesting question posed on Facebook.
When writing a book with characters that have an accent, is writing phonetic dialogue good or bad? What would the reader like? More or less? Or not at all?
I am a historical romance reader from way back and I love phonetic dialogue, that’s just my opinion. Not to the point where it becomes difficult to read or imagine or it is so lacerated that the understanding becomes obscured, or that you have to continually go back and read the sentence again, but just enough to give you that distinct brogue or individual bit of identifying enunciation, so that you can hear it while you read it.
But the consensus on the post seemed to be that most readers would like it clearly stated in the beginning of the book that a character has said accent and the rest left up to their imagination.
We were knee deep in edits of a 147,000+ word manuscript and I was left wondering if I was doing the right thing by keeping the phonetic speech in my book. After careful consideration with both of my editors I believe we did what was best for The Devil Take You. Thank you Susan and Nancy. I think we did good. (and that sentence alone, is why I have editors) :D
So, I’ve come ta the conclusion, tha’ wha’ the people want is, the age auld adage, Less is More. But I’ll most like, still do wha’e’er, fits righ’ with the next character I write wit’ an accent. (I’ve been toying with a hockey player with a French Canadian accent. He’s quite ‘th’ challenged. They all come out as d’s.) J LOL
Readers and Authors alike, I would love to know your opinion on this. Leave a comment and I’ll give away a copy of The Devil Take You to one lucky commenter, at the end of the three days. Don’t forget to leave an e-mail address.
Thanks so much for stopping and thank you, Lorrie. You are a wonderful host.
(Reader advisory : (I hope) No Scotsman, Englishmen or Frenchmen were harmed in the making of this post)
Blurb The Devil Take You:
Scotland—1307—During the Scottish Wars of Independence
Gard Marschand will stop at nothing in his pursuit to regain what is lost. Concealing his true identity, he will associate with his enemies, kill his own countrymen, even sell his soul to the devil if all else fails. He will lie, cheat, steal, rape and siege his way across two countries gaining power and reputation in his malevolent wake. His determination all consuming, until King Edward commands Gard to lay siege on Ross-shire holding, where Braelynn Galbraith obliterates his single-minded purpose.
Braelynn Galbraith wants peace for her beloved Scotland, marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Callum, and a house full of children. In that order. But evil incarnate in the form of Gard Marschand, turns her life inside out and destroys all hope of a decent marriage.
Can Gard abandon his deep-seated need of revenge for a love that might just save his soul, or will he succumb to the demons that hound him and surrender to the devil within?
I believe you stay in purgatory has only just begun…
Brae knew not what woke her. She was loath to move lest the security of the
strong arms abandoned her, so warm and content. Brae breathed deeply filling her lungs. The foreign but appealing new smell pleased her senses; she wanted more of it.
Awareness came slowly, ’twas not a dream, nor a nightmare, but her reality for
the moment. She opened her eyes and stared into the blackness of Marschand’s chest.
“Braelynn,” a harsh whisper reached her.
Her gaze darted to the man holding her and she waited to see if he’d heard it too.
He did not move; his deep even breathing signified sleep. She turned slowly onto her other side. Her leg ached deeply. She peeked out from under his black cape.
“Brae.” Hovering just above the lip of the dais she looked into the blue eyes of
Callum’s best friend.
“Duncan,” Brae quietly acknowledged. He was to stand up for them at their
wedding. His eyes opened wider as he reached toward her nodding his encouragement for her to take his hand and escape her captor.
Brae knew, even if she attempted to flee, it would be bad for her but even worse
for Duncan. She knew not what these men were capable and she would not test it out on her friend. This brave man putting himself in jeopardy to help her. ’Twas more than Callum had done. She could not risk his safety.
Her eyes filled and she managed to convey her sorrow. She shook her head and
turned back into the warm dark man at her back. She silently sobbed into his chest, feeling as if her life might never be the same.
Just when she thought she’d managed the small deception without waking her
captor, his deep voice broke the silence. “Good choice.” His arms tightened once
again around her.
The Devil Take You © 2013 by H K Carlton
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H K Carlton is a multi-published Canadian author of historical, erotic and contemporary romance. She lives in Ontario with her hard working husband and lovely teenage daughter. She also has two grown sons.
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So, what do you think readers?
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