Do you still have those old Georgette Heyer books your sister gave you that kindled you love of the Regency period? How cool it would be to have copies of those fromEngland.
I actually do have a few left, although most of my Georgette Heyer novels are reprints or ones I snagged at garage sales. And thank God for Sourcebooks for doing those lovely new editions!
I agree, they are lovely. I’m a big fan of her mysteries. Her books aren’t thick on the ground either if you’re looking for used.
Can you tell us about HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE, please?
The short version: It’s a Regency High Noon, set during Christmastime!
The long version: My heroine is a Quaker from Philadelphia, and my hero is a former army officer who inherited an earldom. Phoebe and Lucas find themselves pitchforked into a marriage of convenience, which leads to all kinds of complications when their different philosophies of life come into play. Lucas is a law and order kind of guy, while Phoebe is a pacifist. Things get especially tricky when a gang of local smugglers uses their estate to make their smuggling runs. As you can imagine, Phoebe and Lucas have very opposite ideas on how to deal with that particular problem. As all this takes place over the Christmas season, so you can add in lots of parties, interfering relatives, and a great deal of gift-giving and eating! And MUCH falling in love.
Sounds like a large time!
What made you decide to take the leap into romantic fiction?
This sounds like a smart-ass answer, but it’s just way more fun than writing non-fiction. I’ve done both, and I truly enjoy writing fiction a lot more.
No, I’d imagine it is more fun and creative.
Does one of your books hold a special place with you?
My first one, Mastering The Marquess. It was just a joy to write without any pressure or expectations, or even knowledge of the publishing business. Sheer, unadulterated fun.
A character or couple?
Probably John and Bathsheba, the hero and heroine from my last book, My Favorite Countess. They are not your typical Regency characters. John is a crusading slum doctor, and Bathsheba is a sharp-tongued widow who never suffers fools gladly. But together they were a wonderful couple who brought out the best—and the worst—in each other. They were a very sexy couple, too!
Who’s in charge, you or the characters?
75% me, 25% my characters. I’m a bit of a control freak that way—no flying off into the mist for me!
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Revisions. The first draft is completed, and I can relax and have fun making it better.
About half way through the first draft, when it seems like I’ll never finish the darn thing!
Is any thing special required to coax your muse?
Sleep really helps, and so does reading good books. And silence. My muse doesn’t like noise.
Is there a genre you’d like to explore in the future?
I dream of writing a science fiction/futuristic romance. It’s one of my favorite genres.
Have you read anything lately that you couldn’t wait to tell others about or discuss?
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. A massively good book; I’m saving the sequel for when I finish the draft of the current book I’m working on.
I’ve been on the fence about that book…maybe I’ll add it to my mountain.
What can readers look forward to from you in the near future?
I’m starting a new series with Kensington, called The Renegade Royals. The heroes are the bastard offspring of the sons of King George III. The first work in the series, a novella, will be released in December of 2013. Immediately following that will be the back to back releases of the first two books. Book One is the story of the illegitimate son of the Prince Regent, and that’s the one I’m working on now.
How cool…the bastard sons are always more interesting to me.
Some of your readers might also know that I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense with my husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes. We have a new book in our current series coming out in October. It’s called Bigger Than Beckham, and it’s really a fun, sexy sports romance.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Vanessa. Always enjoy your visits.
Vanessa is generously offering two (2) giveaways! One lucky commenter will win a copy of MY FAVORITE COUNTESS and another will win a download of her VK Sykes book FASTBALL! Meaningful comments only. Giveaway ends on Sept. 28th @12 a.m. est. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Good luck y’all!
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed…
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…
Vanessa Kelly was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for numerous awards, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. You can find her on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com