Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Happy Holidays to One and All

Seasons' Greetings!



I'm taking a break to catch up on many things, not the least of which is my home. With a six-month-old puppy and three cats there is always something to be cleaned. 

Watch for new interviews in January:
  • Crystal Sissons, author of Queen of the Hurricanes
  • Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, author of Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North
In the meantime, I wish you and yours the very best of the season and a new year of health, happiness and success on your terms.



Cheers!
Mary


Friday, 21 November 2014

Dance with Deception - Regency Romance at its Finest

My guest author today is bestselling Scandalous Secrets series author Tracy Goodwin.


I’m pretty sure yours is the first Regency Romance featured on my blog. For the readers, what is Regency Romance?

Regency Romances are typically Romance Novels set during the early nineteenth century. Though technically my novels are set in the early Victorian era (Victorian Romances are set during the reign of Queen Victoria which began in 1837), Dance with Deception has been on both the Regency and Victorian Romance bestselling lists ever since its first publication. I specifically chose the 1840s as the time period of the Scandalous Secrets series because of the amenities and historical events that occurred during that particular time period – the use of steam locomotives and the first Anglo-Sikh War, for example, both of which are plot points in Enticing Eve – Scandalous Secrets, Book 2.

My writing style also falls into both categories based upon the reviews I’ve received. Descriptions like “romantic,” “lush sensuality,” “endearing,” and “emotional” have all been used in reviews and author quotes to describe my writing. I think those traits transcend Regency and Victorian Romances and that is why you see many of the same books on both bestseller lists.

How much historical research went into Dance with Deception? What kinds of research did you do?

A great deal of research goes into each novel. My office is crammed with research books spanning everything from daily life in Britain during the nineteenth century to books on English country homes, gardens, London, art, fashion, Parliament, etc. I also do online research but actual books have been a major source of research for me.

How long did it take you to write the book?

It took about a year to write the original Dance with Deception. I then spent some more time on edits before going through the pitching process and selling it to a small press in 2006 and seeing it first in print in 2007.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wynken, Blynken and Nod as you've never seen it before!

My guest this week is Coral Keehn, who has just published a beautifully illustrated version of Wynken, Blynken and Nod, a classic Dutch lullaby. Her talented illustrations make for a wonderful book for the little ones in your life … like my grandson Andre.  

What inspired you to do an illustrated version of Wynken, Blynken and Nod?
There were several things in my life that collided in a very slow motion and nebulous kind of way that brought about this project.
Toni Morrison once said, “If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” The only problem was I didn’t really have a brilliant story I was just bursting to tell. I absolutely adore children’s literature but I in no way feel qualified to write it. In fact I didn’t even want to write a story – I just had this little dream of one day illustrating a children’s story. Since I didn’t have hoards of people asking me to illustrate their brilliant story, I shelved the dream for some other time. A time when I would be hit by a bolt of literary lightning and just KNOW what needed to be written.