I enjoy reading historical romances because the best of them touch on weighty and thought provoking matters. We forget how recently women got the vote and gained the right of self determination. We often forget that's still not true everywhere in the world. Most of us don't remember a world without antibiotics where a bad cold could kill you, or when Europe and North America might as well have been light years apart.
I enjoy writing because I find the characters take over, wrenching the story out of my hands. That's certainly true of Elizabeth, Adam and David, the protagonists of Ruined! Its actually true of every book I write. I thought I was out of my mind until I read Stephen King's autobiography and he talked about "the boys in the basement".
Actually, Stephen and I might both be crazy. That's actually really likely in fact, but where would all be we without Jane Eyre, Heathcliff, and the rest of our invisible friends? I think we must all agree to be mad.