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The Spinning Room: What Makes You Read Colonial Fiction?
Here's part of my answer:
I grew up on the east coast, but my love affair with the 18th century (history and fiction) didn't begin until shortly after I moved to the west coast in the 1990s, thanks to the books I fell in with here. Living so far away from the "scene of the time" makes research for my 18th century-set novels a bit trickier. It also spurs me to do more thorough research, and along the way learn stuff I might never have known to look for, which in turn inspires new stories.