Archive for September, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Find Out What I’m Working On Next

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The sweet and charming Sophie Perinot is not just a fabulous writer, she is a kind woman as well. She was generous enough to tag me in the ongoing game of The Next Big Thing, in which authors get to talk about their favorite thing: their work, and what their current Work in Progress is.

The ups and downs of being a writer, published or not, are challenging on any day, but the sense of community fostered by games like these  makes it all worthwhile.


The Next Big Thing


What is your working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

The Idea Fairy, AKA the Muse, who brings all my ideas, often in dreams. When I was coming up with the idea for my current novel, HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, a take-off on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this idea came along with it.

What genre does your book fall under?

This series of novels are historical Regency romances, set between 1816-1818.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Though it might be disconcerting to see Brad in a red wig. My hero, James, is a red-headed Scotsman from Aberdeen.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Angelique Beauchamp, a widow and hardened woman of the world, falls in love against her will with a Royal Navy captain, James Montgomery. If you run from love hard enough, it might just catch you.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

All my novels are represented by Margaret O’Connor of Innisfree Literary Agency. She is fantastic.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Nine months. Normally it would not take this long to write a romance, but I stopped and started again and again as I revised WILLFUL WIFE. I was lucky though. My characters James and Angelique never abandoned me, even when I left them alone for weeks at a time. They wanted this book to be born as much as I did.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND by Shana Galen  is a charming Regency romance. I hope my novels are as charming as this one.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The Muse inspired me, along with a healthy dose of Shakespeare. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is one of those funny but annoying plays of the Bard’s, where idiotic evil throws the world into disarray, only to be out right again almost by chance. My characters have to work to rebuild their world, and make sacrifices. But still, Shakespeare is a great genius to steal from.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

HOW TO WOO is about two people who begin an affair who find that they can’t get out of it again. What was supposed to be a one night stand first turns into a torrid connection neither of them can break. Before they know it, they have fallen in love. Of course, love does not automatically conquer all, even in Regency romance. James and Angelique have to choose the path they will take, if they will learn to live together, giving up their former lives, or if they will live without each other. Since it is a romance and not real life, the end is prescribed, but how they get there is not.


And Now, for those I have tagged:


Mitchell James Kaplan, author of the brilliant historical novel BY FIRE, BY WATER


Michelle Cameron, author of the gorgeous THE FRUIT OF HER HANDS and the inspiring IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLOBE

Michelle will be joining us here on Oct 5


Stephanie Cowell, author of the beautiful novel CLAUDE AND CAMILLE



Sheila Webster Boneham, author of the delightful mystery DROP DEAD ON RECALL

Stephanie M. Hopkins, writer, blogger and reviewer from the Goodreads group Ladies & Literature and The Layered Pages


Heather Webb, novelist, blogger and reviewer from Between the Sheets: A Novelist’s Adventures


 Please tune into these blogs the week of October 1-7


Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

Regency Friday: Dark Jane Austen

Friday, September 21st, 2012 | Regency Fridays | 2 Comments

This week I had the pleasure of discovering yet another fabulous Jane Austen site. This one came to me via my Google + friend, Mary C.M. Philips who wrote a fabulous post comparing Fanny in MANSFIELD PARK with Jane in Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE.

The Influential, Inspirational Jane Austen Still

The entire site is filled with gems like these, articles on Mansfield Park and Mummies, the work of Mary Shelley, and Colonel Brandon’s diary. There are so many wonderful novels being written set in the world that Jane Austen created, and the members of this site take pleasure in exploring them. I know I enjoyed my visit to the Dark Jane Austen, and I know that I will be back.

Falling in Love in Regency England with Nicola Cornick

Monday, September 17th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

As I have mentioned, Nicola Cornick’s latest novel, FORBIDDEN, is out, and I have it in hand. I am about to dive in, and I can’t wait.


What is it about the Regency period that draws us back to it again and again? Is it the clothes?  There is something graceful about the Grecian line of the gowns that appeals to me. Such elegant simplicity is lovely. Not to mention that they look a lot more comfortable than the gowns that came before and after them.


Photo from Dragonfly Formals

Maybe I have Jane Austen to thank for making me fall in love with this time period. I had the joyous pleasure of playing Lizzie in a high school production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE the same year I read that novel for the first time. Like so many others, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy made me fall in love with the world Jane Austen created. She drew my imagination into the Regency period and kept it there.

Modern Regency romance has been one of my favorite genres even before I was writing my own stories.  Nicola Cornick’s latest novel is drawing me right back into the Regency again. FORBIDDEN is about a lady’s maid who discovers that she has inherited a title. I love this idea…as it happens, there were titles that could be passed down directly to women in Regency England.  I find yet another pleasure in Nicola Cornick’s work…I get to learn something new.

FORBIDDEN is available on Nooks & paperback on B& If you’re a fan of great Regency fiction, come and check it out.


As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempting to resist….

Henry Atticus Richard Ward is no ordinary gentleman. He’s Lord Wardeaux and he is determined to unite Margery with her newfound inheritance by any means—including seduction and deception. But when the ton condemns the scandalous servant-turned-countess and an unknown danger prepares to strike, will Margery accept Henry’s protection in exchange for her trust?

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Regency Friday: Jane Austen’s Magazine

Friday, September 14th, 2012 | Regency Fridays | No Comments

I am thrilled! Jane Austen has her own magazine! About time, I would say. As I was perusing the web this week, I discovered Jane Austen’s Regency World , the official magazine of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath.

Don’t you just want to dive in? Follow this link, and check it out…

Quote of the Week: Writing Without Regret

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 | Quote of the Week, The Writing Life | No Comments

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. 

Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948

Far be it from me to disagree with a writer from the past, but in this case, I do. We must dive into the blank page the way we dive into the Void, ever seeking the right word, the perfect phrase to convey what we are trying to say. To catch the flashing glimmer of truth that is sometimes  elusive, sometimes close at hand, but always worth chasing. Even when we miss, the leap is worth it.

Here’s to marring the blank page, and to writing without regret.

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