Letitia Coyne


Australian mother, gardener, wood worker, animal lover. Published by 1889 Labs.

**Watch This Space** - although the books have been free as digital copies for years, they will soon be in print for you to hold and sniff.

Smashwords Interview

There is only one question I have really wanted to answer over all these years: Why don't you understand that historical characters do not use modern language, terminology and speech patterns?!
I used to try sometimes to explain my choice, and I even concurred and softened some of the most antagonizing terms. Mostly, though, I'm not asked why as if it might have been a deliberate choice. Mostly, the question is framed in well-intended advice or less-well-intended criticism or outright abuse.

Many years ago in another life, I wrote Fantasy, and part of the process of transporting the reader from the real world to the fantasy world is the use of a genre-specific type of language. Olde Worlde English as used in Fantasy novels never really existed as spoken communication, it is simply a language that has developed along with the other factors that together combine to form our expectation of a Fantasy novel.

Historical novels, however, are slightly different. Many of them rely for their 'voice', for the 'sound of the time', on novels that are now historical icons, but that were written as contemporary novels. The Austins and the Brontes and the Love Peacocks used the language forms and terminology of their times. Now they're dated and we associate them with the sound of the past. What too often comes out in Historical novels that look back to the iconic writers of history, however, is what I call pseudo-Austin or faux-classical. It is a bungled pretense of recognition. It is a sham that readers buy into because they feel that young people in the past should sound different to young people of today - that they were, in some fundamental way, different to the people of today.

They weren't. Most of the writings we have from the ancient world were the work scholars and they read like scholarly works. They use very formal patterns. Dig out the nearest treatise on the political ramifications of Putin's annexing of Crimea, and imagine writing a contemporary novel where the kids at the park speak in *that* voice.

We do have reasonable evidence of historical slang, of the lower forms of Greek and Latin and Italian and Gaulish from ancient graffiti, and guess what, ordinary people spoke ordinary words in non-traditional forms and with fads and local tones and none of them - not one - put a plum in his mouth and addressed his latest crush as if she'd just slipped off her throne.

So, for all those waiting with bated breath - lol - to know what could possibly have possessed me to think I could write young Romans speaking and acting as if they were any other young people from any other era, there you have it. I wrote them with contemporary dialogue because while they were speaking, they were speaking contemporary dialogue. Love it or hate it. That's it. Love to you all. Lxx **mic drop**
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Where to find Letitia Coyne online



Price: Free! Words: 106,120. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Petra, 120AD Bought from the arena as a young man, Sethos, the adopted son of a wealthy Roman merchant, is stained by the stigma of his past. Jaida and her sisters were raised in luxurious slavery, destined to be the virgin oracles of Isis at provincial temples throughout the Roman Empire. He has money, strength and cunning. She has no more than her faith.
Caledonia: Book Three
Series: Roman, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 90,470. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Caledonia, AD83 Antony is a spy, a Natione -- native Britons conscripted to the Roman auxiliary army. When she meets him, Eirbrin believes she has found a mystic, a man of power who can help her to overcome the demons of past guilt and shame. Everything about him should warn Brin of his deception, while he is trapped between an irresistible love and an immovable duty.
Hispania: Book Two
Series: Roman, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 96,490. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hispania AD81 Marella is the daughter of a noble Celtiberian family. Falsely accused by a vile and corrupt Druidic high priest, she is set to be executed. Marcus is a Roman deserter from Britannia who has made his home in Hispania. Finding no purpose in the life he leads, bored and frustrated, he relishes the chance to face the challenges that come with saving the life of this young noblewoman.
Britannia: Book One
Series: Roman, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 99,760. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
AD78 Maia is lonely -- raised in Roman luxury in an isolated villa on the Seine. Lucius is exhausted – the commander of an auxiliary cavalry unit of the Twentieth Legion in Britannia. They both need an escape. They meet when Maia seizes her chance, joining an exclusive group of prostitutes traveling to Britannia. Everything she knows about the world will change - if she can survive the journey.
Price: Free! Words: 62,350. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012 by 1889 Labs. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When war is all you’ve ever known, the promise of peace is more terrifying than any battle. For Freya, there is no life worth remembering before the army, and none worth imagining after. As a young man, Dragan was blooded on the rush of adrenaline and sated by the euphoria of victory. Together they survived the war. But can they survive peace when it means different things to each of them?

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arabian desert    britain    celts    druids    fantasy    goddess    historical    history    idealism    introspection    isis    jordan    medieval    petra    roman empire    romance    romance historical romance    scotland    sex    spain    swords    temple    tragedy    war    warrior