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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
MARGARET TANNER - SECRETS
SECRETS - WE ALL HAVE THEM
How many of us have secrets?
I doubt if there would be many people who don’t have at
least one secret. I don’t mean of the dark, dangerous variety, but some of us
may well have a secret that could place us in danger. Fortunately, I am not one
My secret – I am a chocoholic. How many times have I told my
hubby that I no longer eat chocolates, then I sneak off to my several hiding
places (not to be divulged on pain of death), where my secret stash is hidden.
You should always have more than one hideout for your illicit goodies just in
case one of them is discovered. I don’t want to be like Old Mother Hubbard –
who went to the cupboard to get her dog a bone, and when she got there the
cupboard was bare and the poor doggie had none. Change that to and when
Margaret got to her secret stash, the chokkies were gone and she had none. A
disaster of that proportion could not be allowed to happen, hence a few hiding
places. I call it my insurance policy.
In many families there are secrets that will never see the
light of day, except if someone in the family is into Geneology. My sister has
unearthed some shocking scandals as she undertook research into our family
tree. I swear, I could write a book about it. One of the most shocking secrets
was the fact that my grandmother had a baby when she was unmarried and only
eighteen years old. The baby died when he was only 6 days old. A couple of
years later she married my grandfather. No-one knew that, it remained hidden
for 120 years, until my sister unearthed the information during her research.
Another relative spent time in jail in the 1880’s for aiding
and abetting Ned Kelly, a famous Australian bushranger (outlaw). Then there
were all the “premature” babies that were born to aunts and great aunts. Not to
mention one great uncle who had two wives. Then there was a cousin who ran off
with a man who was older than her father. That caused a stir. Especially as the
man had a wife and 4 children. Still, can’t be all bad, thirty years later, and
the couple are still together.
In my experience, and I do have to quantify this by saying I
mainly read historical romance because that is what I write, there are often
dark secrets lurking in the background. Some of these could be life
threatening, in any case at the very least they threaten the hero and heroine’s
chance of getting their happily ever after ending.
In my novel, Allison’s War, the heroine’s secret is that the
baby she is expecting does not belong to her husband.
In Daring Masquerade, my heroine pretends she is a boy so
she can gain employment with the hero. Then, of course, she falls in love with
the hero. I mean, what can she do about it?
In my novel, Haunted Hearts, (the only contemporary I have published),
the heroine discovers that her father-in-law has been going through her cupboard drawers
and stealing her panties.
So, you can see that secrets abound in my novels, and I am
sure I am not alone in this regard. A secret can drive our stories along, add
passion and drama, and keep the reader wondering what is this secret? How can
it be resolved? Will the hero and heroine get their HEA?
Margaret Tanner writes historical romance for Books We Love.