What is it about Henrietta Hughes?

Honestly, yesterday when I posted that, I thought it’d be a landslide for Elizabeth; and admittedly I was worried at first when the first few votes came in and they were either for Henrietta or Lucy. Not that I mind those two so much, but really, what is it that appeals to you all that would make you want to see their story? Neither of them have much of a role…and yet…so many people seem interested.

I do realize Elizabeth is older (early 50s), so that might be part of why her story might not be in such high demand. But really what is it about those two (Lucy and Henrietta) that makes them of interest?

Anyone care to share?

22 thoughts on “What is it about Henrietta Hughes?”

  1. Maybe because she is Juliet’s sister and as far as sequels go that is usually who other books are about, friends or siblings of previous characters. I posted why I didn’t vote for her in the last blog. I really didn’t want to have to have you get her off that settee and actually make her do something. I will be curious to see why other people voted for her.
    As for Lucy, well again, like i said before her story would definitely be interesting with her circumstances but as you said it might be a little hard to get that one written in so few words.
    I am still thinking Elizabeth would be fun even though she is older. Don’t older women need love and romance too? and it could definitely be laugh worthy if you throw in her son and Benjamin. Wouldn’t we all like to see their reactions to her falling in love with someone? It might be just the thing to make Andrew and Benjamin actually have to set aside their differences and work together or not.

    1. Henrietta would be a very simple (easy) choice. My thing with her was, I wrote her but her part in the book was up before the sample 10% ended, I think–I don’t usually look at how the sample breaks down on Kindle or Nook, but it’s a guess. She was really just “there” as filler, a woman for Patrick to glimpse and make a false assumption about.That’s really all she was there for. LOL As you mention, secondary characters, specifically sisters, are often seen as possible future main characters. Well, Juliet had a gaggle of younger siblings. It would take me forever to write about all of them, so I didn’t even want to lead on to that possibility so I just left her family out of it.

      I already had planned to bring all the sisters and their husbands back for Elizabeth’s story. Obviously she has a connection to Andrew and Benjamin, but Liberty was her companion for a while, in theory, they’d still be friends since they live so close.

      My problem is…I did do a rough start on this book (about 1,500 words and I’ve already run into a problem), will have to think it (and possibly talk it) through a bit more…

  2. Well, when I voted it took me a bit to orient myself. I had finished voting before I actually remembered who everyone was. I had complete tunnel vision. When I read Patrick and Juliet’s story, Henrietta grabbed my attention, because (yeah, I know it doesn’t work, but it’s this or “shouting”) she did absolutely nothing. My mind decided that it didn’t feel right for her somehow and I wanted to know why. Apparently it’s because she was the original heroine, but the impression stuck.

    Now that I have thought about it more, I stick to my original impression, Henrietta should get the short story. Elizabeth deserves more. She should get a full length story. Now, I don’t know if you will do that, but I think she deserves one.

    1. I, too, see Henrietta as having more to her than just a couch potato. But I have yet to think up a hero who could push her buttons. I’ll have to keep at it. Perhaps she lounges all day and acts lazy because she’s hiding something… A secret hobby? Or maybe a beau? (Sorry, this is how I think, LOL)

      I’ll have to think on it a bit more, I did try to start with Elizabeth, but I’m afraid I’ve run into a major snag already and I’m only 1,500 words in.

      1. Not knowing what was actually wrong when you originally cast in the role of Patrick’s heroine, maybe she thought he was too boring. She could be a spy (I was recently flipping through the last book in a quartet about spies in this time period. As the husband of the female spy among them said, she’s the scariest one among the four). She could be secretly meeting someone who her parents don’t approve of, someone that isn’t high class, that’s important to her parents, or maybe a criminal (either one who will cause trouble that will lead to her hero or one who is her hero, but is redeemable despite the criminal aspect). Who knows, she could even be pregnant (and maybe abandoned by the man who is the father . . . either because he’s a cad or because he had no choice, could be military).

        Okay. I’m stopping now. I get excitable when I get ideas in my head. If I didn’t think you’d probably want to hit me over the head with your computer by the end of it, I could probably come up with dozens of random ideas and see if any sparked your attention.

        Who knows? Maybe Henrietta needs a full book, too. Maybe we should focus on Lucy here. Although she’s not even close in the poll.

      2. See, I always thought Henrietta would need a full book if I wrote about her. There has to be something going on in that head of hers, some sort of deep secret. I just have to discover it…

        Actually “talking” helps to come up with ideas, but great minds must think alike, because several of those that you suggested, I’d thought of, too–mainly the having a secret beau that her parents wouldn’t approve of. However, since she’s technically not of a noble class, unless it was a footman or a chimney sweep, there really couldn’t be a “lower” station. I guess he could be totally unsavory like his mom was a prostitute and he grew up living in a brothel or something. Still thinking.

        I’d never given a second thought to Lucy’s story until last month when someone asked when it was coming. I was like “Huh??? What makes anyone think that would happen?” LOL

        The thing with Elizabeth is, while I don’t think her story could be kept to the confines of a sweet, short story of 30K or less, I don’t know if a lot of people want to by a full length novel about a 50+ year old woman. It worked writing about Edward & Regina and John & Carolina because I went back in time to when they were young and in love. There is nothing to suggest that Elizabeth had had happy marriage or even an interest in a man up to now.

        I guess I could just do a major gear shift and write about someone completely different like Mrs. Cleansweep falling for the butler? What do you think?

      3. That is too funny. Yesterday I was going to vote other and put in Mrs. Cleansweep and the butler. Seriously.

        Elizabeth’s story could have worked as a secondary story in someone else’s book. But there isn’t really anyone’s book that is written where that would have fit in.

        Maybe you should just come up with someone completely unrelated to any of your books. Because now it seems like all your choices have too much to write about to be a sweet and simple short story. Unless you go a few years into the future and do one of the children and that could bring the whole Banks clan together like one big, happy reunion story.

      4. I though to have Elizabeth’s story be strung out as a secondary romance in Madison’s story, but that went by the wayside real fast. Then I though to do a “second epilogue” type thing and have the sisters get together for something and Elizabeth get her story then–it would have been somewhat short though.

        I just might have to find someone outside of the noble world to do this story about. LOL

      5. Well, I did read a story where the character’s story spanned several stories (yes, I know you can’t do that here, since the others are already written), but their actual story happened when they were in their fourties or fifties. They met young, but various things kept them apart and she married someone else (when she found out she was pregnant with his child and he had kind of been banished from the entire country . . . She was English. He was American. Accusations of him being a pirate or something. I think the war of 1812 was involved.) He had no clue that her kids were his. I think their son actually tried to kill him.

        Anyway, the point of all that is that they were older and that story worked quite well. Another author tends to have heroines in their thirties (still younger than Elizabeth) and fourties. My favorite so far was in her fourties I think. And there is another author who one of my favorite heroines by her is in her fourties. . . Actually, to be more acurate, the heroine for one of my favorite heroes by this author is in her fourties.

        What I was thinking when I was talking about Henrietta’s parents not approving, was their whole thing about going to all that trouble to make sure Juliet got an education, because they wanted nothing less than someone noble to marry their daughter. Does that only mean Juliet? Are they satisfied now that she’s married? Of course if Henrietta was already in a relationship at that point, perhaps that might still play in even if they are good with that now.

        I know with my own stories, seemingly minor characters will take on lives of their own and demand more.

        You know Mrs. Cleansweep and the butler might be fun. I’ve thought that there aren’t enough regency romances out there where at least one of the characters is noble. Why can’t the local vicar (who isn’t a third son, but someone actually called to it . . . which isn’t to say the third son can’t be called to it, but just to go into that profession because of your birth order is silly . . . recently read a story where the main character was exactly that, a third son who never should have been a vicar) marry the daughter of the local sheep farmer? Or the footman marry the downstairs maid?

        I’ve had a laugh more than once over just how many dukes there would be if all the fictional ones actually represented different really families. And that doesn’t even include the royal dukes. I figure it’s fine as long as there aren’t too many within one author’s particular fictional world.

        Told you I talk a lot.

      6. I have to laugh, too, at the idea of how many dukes and earls there are running around in the early 1800s–there weren’t quite as many marquises, viscounts, barons or baronets, I’ve noticed. LOL

        I try to keep in mind how many of a certain rank I’ve created in my own world; and this becomes a problem when you stick to writing in one world and don’t change worlds when you write a new series. I also try to have people who do not have a rank, or who have a lower rank (baron and baronet) have roles as main characters. But I really have quite a few untitled–Paul, John, and really Wallace as a baronet isn’t really nobility, just gentry, but still titled. The catch is, there is a % who likes to see untitled gentlemen get the girl; but overall, most like the fairytale of the wealthy, titled lord winning her. Human nature, I think.

        I’ve read a book that had a secondary romance of two people in their 40s/50s getting together.

        I knew what you meant about Henrietta’s parents wanting Juliet to marry a noble, so why not Henrietta, too? I guess it could work that way, honestly, I don’t really know the Hughes family that well.

        I just might have to do Mrs. Cleansweep and the butler (or a footman…). That might be the easiest thing to do on this one.

  3. I picked her because I thought she was really the only one you could do in a short story. Elizabeth needs a full book to get her HEA I think and So does Lucy. They both have baggage from their past that would need to be dealt with whereas Henrietta doesn’t have any baggage that we know of.

    1. You’re right, Henrietta could be kept relatively simple, we already know far too much about Elizabeth and Lucy to know they have more baggage than a teenage girl going on Spring Break. But still there has to be a reason Henrietta is so darn go-with-the-flow.

  4. I don’t know what it is about Henrietta, maybe it is the challenge to you to find someone who could love someone so very selfish or who would cause a change in her. As for Lucy I would think it was because she has a child and is raising him on her own. Everyone wants to see a hero save her from loneliness. I personally wanted to see Elizabeth find someone maybe because I am not to far away from her age.

    1. I really want Elizabeth to get her story, I just don’t know how the world will react to such an unconventional love story. Still, it doesn’t hurt (too much) to try.

      1. Um arn’t all your love stories unconventional? I know thats why I love them since they are different from the vast majorty of the regencies out there. I would love to see Elizabeth get her story I just want it to be full length.

    1. Amen to that sentiment. I already told you that you are one of my favorite authors. You are on my if-this-author-wrote-a-book-I-must-have-it list.

      1. Thanks, Marlena. I certainly appreciate it. No I must go read someone not quite so flattering so that I’m able to leave the room (the old swell-head is hard to live down sometimes!).

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