I've always enjoyed historical fiction - and was delighted when I discovered fantasy historical fiction. I eagerly await each of Diana Gabaldon's new books. But I still like the conventional novels too. I like the genre so much so that I write it as well. Recent history is my favourite time period so my first novel is set in the 1940s and 50s in rural Ireland. It was a very different time and place to the present day so, even though it is recent history, it doesn't feel that recent.