Does anyone else remember this old 60’s song? Long ago, I used to know all the words. I loved it then and I love it now.
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So I thought I’d address a subject that has had a fan or two write me about in these past 20 years of professional writing. The kiss. Did the American Indian kiss? And/or do I realize that the American Indian only rubbed noses?
What would a Historical Romance Book be like without that ever famous kiss? Although historically speaking, am I being accurate when I put the ever-wonderful kiss in my stories?
Unfortunately, the American Indian at the time period in which I write didn’t leave an answer for this. We have only scant “opinions” in this field, I’m afraid.
I don’t even recall if any of my historical research covers this point. Of course we’ve all been told that Indians didn’t kiss. I remember learning about this in grade school. They rubbed noses — that’s what I learned. Where in the world did that piece of data come from, that it would reach to me in grade school, in an fairly obscure and small farming community?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a researcher, it is that if “everybody” knows about it and believes it’s true — it usually just isn’t so.
And so I decided — when I first started writing American Indian romances — to go right to the horses mouth. I asked an Indian friend. A Lakota man.
He did look at me rather oddly, but he said something along the line of, “Of course the Indians of yester year kissed. Does the white man think he has the market cornered on anything as wonderful as a kiss?” Might not have been his exact words, but it went along something like that.
Well, that answered my question and even gave me some more information … anything as wonderful as a kiss… It also put to rest one of those “everybody knows” things that so often turns out to be founded on absolutely nothing.
Where would we, as romance writers, be if not for that all important kiss? Whether it’s the first kiss, the sweet kiss, the sensuous kiss or the kiss to end all kisses, many a romance story comes alive with that first sweet, sweet moment.
One of my books, GRAY HAWK’S LADY, centers around a certain, particular real-life kiss. It was during the writing of that book that I met and married my husband. It was his kiss that opened my eyes to him. It was that first kiss that made me sit up and notice him. In fact, it was only about a month after that first kiss that he proposed, and I accepted. That kiss is there in the book — it couldn’t help but be. It’s all there — my reaction to the kiss, my becomig aware of just who this man is and what he might mean to me.
On April 1st, 2014, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR will be released from Samhain Publishing. This book shares a similar moment…a first kiss…and all the wonders…and problems of course…that go along with that first moment when one knows that his/her world is forever changed.
So I’ve got to ask you — because I’m sure we each one have had one of those moments — that earth shattering kiss — what do you remember most about it?
So come on it, let’s talk.