Month: April 2021

The Importance of Clothing

Do you have an interest in fashion? I know I do, and for me fashion is one of the best things about writing historical fiction. There have been so many amazing clothing styles throughout history, and clothes have always been important to show one’s status, wealth and so on. I love doing research on this topic, and I’ve got tons of Pinterest boards filled with old portraits, patterns, and images from museum collections.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with the 18th century, and the fashion plays a very large part in it. I adore the men’s fashion in particular, since it’s so fun and colorful compared to what men wear nowadays.

My pirate trilogy Wavesongs takes place during the beginning of the 18th century, which means I had the opportunity to go all in with the fashion of that era when I wrote the series. I’ve got lists describing in detail what each character wears—at the time, clothes were a luxury, so the average person didn’t have many items to choose from. The fabrics and colors used signalled the wearer’s position in society—or, for that matter, in a pirate crew.

Here are my ridiculously detailed lists of garments worn by the two main characters, Nick and Christopher:


Ashore (in Corona):

  • White linen shirt
  • White linen cravat
  • White linen stockings
  • Cream white silk waistcoat with light blue silk embroidery (floral pattern)
  • Light blue cotton breeches with fall front fastening
  • Light blue cotton cassock with white floral embroidery at the wrists and hem
  • Black leather shoes with steel buckles

Everyday attire:

  • White linen shirt
  • Grey wool stockings (after Corona: white linen stockings)
  • Clogs with wooden soles and well-worn brown leather, handmade by his father (these are too small for him and barely usable anymore—after Corona he wears his new black leather shoes instead of the clogs)
  • Dark brown wool breeches
  • Light brown wool waistcoat


During attack/ashore:

  • White linen shirt with ruffles at the wrists
  • White linen drawers
  • White linen cravat, laced
  • White silk stockings
  • Red silk sash around his waist
  • Dark brown leather belt
  • Felt round hat, black, with a green feather
  • Dark grey silk breeches with fall front fastening
  • Light grey silk waistcoat, embroidered with a white floral pattern
  • Red velvet cassock, with gold embroidery at the wrists, collar, pockets and along the hem
  • Black leather jackboots (Hessians, over the knee)

Everyday attire:

  • White linen shirt
  • White linen drawers
  • White linen cravat
  • White linen stockings
  • Dark brown leather belt
  • Grey wool breeches with fall front fastening
  • Red damask waistcoat (floral pattern)
  • Black wool cassock with silver embroidery at the wrists, collar, pockets and along the hem
  • Black leather shoes with silver buckles

Which historical period do you think has the best fashion?

Romance tropes and settings I love

Hi! Easter is here and we’re having a few extra days off work, at least in my part of the world. Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m going to read lots of books and watch movies, and of course eat chocolate. That’s one of the best things about Easter, after all.

Today, I wanted to talk about the romance tropes and settings that I can’t get enough of. Some of them I’ve used in my own writing, but not all (so far). Here are some tropes that always catch my interest when I’m book-hunting:

  • Enemies to Lovers – I can’t grow tired of this one, and I’ve used it myself in Wavesongs and At His Mercy.
  • Forbidden Love – A trope I’ve loved ever since I started reading Virginia Andrews’ books when I was far too young. I don’t find those particular romances as charming nowadays as I did back then, though… 
  • Forced Proximity
  • May-December – A trope I used in At His Mercy (and, to an extent, in Wavesongs).
  • Prisoner – Goes well with Enemies to Lovers.

If a book ticks one or more of these boxes, there’s a good chance that I’ll buy it. That chance is even bigger if the story is a historical romance. Of course I read contemporary romance, too, but I’ve always loved historical stories. My favorite settings/time periods are:

  • The Viking Age – This one might be my favorite. I guess I’m a bit partial to Vikings since I’m Scandinavian, but there are so many great things about this time period.
  • Medieval Europe – I recently read a great Swedish romance that took place during the time of the Black Death. I never thought I’d see that, not with a HEA ending, but the author totally made it work. I’d love to read more books like that!
  • Ancient Greece – Greek mythology, of course, has a lot to offer if you’re into M/M romance. I love reading about Ancient Greece in general, and I’m ecstatic whenever I find a good romance set during that period.
  • Pre-historic – Does M/M pre-historic romance exist at all? I haven’t found it yet, but oh, how I want to.

If you’ve got any book recs for me based on the things I’ve listed here, please let me know. I love discovering new books and authors!

What are your favorite tropes and settings?