One of my favourite authors has had to change how her name appears on her books.. Because apparently men won't buy a historical fiction book by Manda Scott but will buy one by M.C. Scott..
Her books also had to be published as fantasy in the USA instead of historical fiction because (the publishers said! ) that Americans wouldn't be able to process the idea of history from 2000 years ago. I don't know..
However, as much as I HATE the generalisation, apart from Manda, I won't buy historical fiction by a female author.. I've tried! Believe me I've tried! Tried all the well-known authors (such as Philippa Gregory ), as well as just ones I've seen on the shelf and they're just all crappy mushy vomiting inducing romance crap! I will rip the book to shreds the next time I read about an oppressed woman in x time period who defies the social norms of the time and chases the man that her family and society or whatever says she cannot have! And they both risk everything to be together! And it makes me want to tear my brain out..
Give me ****ing battle scenes and gore! Oh and actually try to fit just a little bit of historical accuracy in it, please? Just describing them wearing certain clothes doesn't make it historical fiction you stupid people!
Sorry, I know I'm generalising but apart from Manda I haven't been able to find a female historical fiction author who's books don't obsesses around sex and love.. (And yes, male authors are perfectly able to write about it, and some do, but they tend to have a bit of action and interesting stuff going on and the romance is just a sub-plot not the whole ****ing plot.. )
On another note about HarperCollins choosing god awful covers.. Take a look at the covers of a selection of books they've recently released in their teen fiction section...Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)