Guest blog by Deb Marlowe, author of Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick
Lord Marland, the hero in my new release, Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick, has a nickname. Society has dubbed him The Marauding Marquess, thanks to his conquests on the battlefields and in the bedrooms of Europe. But Braedon is home in England now, and he is also known for his interest in antiquities. In particular he’s become famous for his collection of ancient weapons.
The antique arms—both fragile and deadly—are more than just his passion. They also serve as a window to his soul, a peek at the way he views the world and his place in it. They are a force of destiny as well, for when he somewhat reluctantly hires Miss Chloe Hardwick to assist him in cataloguing and displaying his treasures, he inadvertently changes his life—and his worldview—as well.
In writing Braedon’s character, I wondered if the same principle would hold true in real life? Does being a collector—and specifically, does the object of your fascination say something about you as a person?
I didn’t have to look far for an answer. I come from a family of collectors.
My great-grandmother had a huge collection of salt and pepper shakers. She owned hundreds of sets based on an amazing variety of subjects. Of course, I only knew her when she was older, but when I think of her I remember her as both funny and fragile. The same could be said of many of her collectible sets.
My grandmother collected several kinds of glassware, but I most remember her huge set of Fiesta Ware. Yes, she even had the dangerous red ones. She kept them in a hutch and only got them out for special occasions. I would describe them as colorful, fun and casual—which are only a few of the ways I would describe my wonderful Grandma.
My sister has several collections going at once, but the one she started first was Dreamsicles. Aren’t they cute? They are small and quiet and kind, just like my baby sister.
I only have one collection—my Christmas Nutcrackers. I’ll let you decide what that says about me. I love the ballet and I have a large group of history and literary themed specimens. My favorites include Shakespeare, George Washington, a Regency dandy, Robin Hood, and the Buzz Lightyear one my kids got me.
How about you? Are you a collector? What is your passion? Do you think it says anything about you? Share and I’ll donate a copy of Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick to a randomly selected commenter. (Last chance to enter June 8, 2012.