Thank you for taking the time to visit Manic Readers, Maire.
Thank YOU for having me. I love meeting new readers.
The Mad Passion series explores the dark side of Victorian London, its secrets, and its dangers. Both The Dark Lady and Lady in Red feature a heroine who has been wrongfully committed to the madhouse and struggle with laudanum addiction. Each lady must battle her way back into society and recover from their pasts. Luckily, they also get to find love along the way. While the books are connected, they also stand alone.
Why Victorian vs Regency, Georgian or any of the other periods?
That’s a great question. I adore reading books by Regency writers like Erin Knightley or Georgians by Elizabeth Hoyt. But what drew me to the Victorian period is the particular darkness and hypocrisy regarding people who aren’t empowered, specifically women. Even in the Regency and Georgian period women had a surprising amount of freedom and weren’t quite considered to be the great gate keepers of hearth, home, and morality. As a result, in the Victorian era, we see a time inEnglandwith record rates of prostitution and a simultaneous need for women to be completely pure with no signs of desire. The industrial revolution is also in full swing, abuse of power is high, and drug use is normalized and rampant. Its a fascinating period.
Why the darker side of the era?
Ohhh!!! Well, the light side is rather boring. In the Victorian period, the “light side” really was very bland. Stepping outside of convention and created upper middle class morality was met with severe repercussion. In the Regency period, people were still loads of fun. You see figures like Beau Brumell and Lord Byron who were the toasts of society for a good long time and were a bit scandalous. By the Victorian period, that’s largely gone from public view because of Victoria and Albert’s desire to reform the aristocracy. For me, there’s also something really fascinating about the damned, the lost in this period. So many people were crushed under the great wheel of the progressing empire and its ideals.
Is there a genre you’d like to try but haven’t yet? Maybe Steampunk?
I actually haven’t read any of the New Adults and I’m very curious, because supposedly they’re very dark and angsty too. I’m really intrigued by their seeming emotive quality. I love that. I love books that go emotion to the max. So, if anyone has recommendations, I’d love to try.
Who’s in control you or the characters?
How I wish it was me. My characters really do pop into my head, start talking to me, or showing me images. When they don’t communicate with me its deeply upsetting. LOL. Like, my imaginary friends WON’T play with me. I’m lucky I’m not in the Victorian times. I could have been locked up if I admitted to such a thing.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written?
That’s SUCH a tough question. But I have to admit Lady Mary from Lady in Red has a VERY special place in my heart. She’s in The Dark Lady for a few scenes and she just was so powerful. I knew she had to have her own book and I just love how tough and determined she is.
A favorite character from another writer?
If Dageus MacKeltar from Karen Marie Moning’s The Dark Highlander was real, my husband would need to be worried.
I’m with you on Daegus…good gravy…
Do you have authors/reads to suit your moods?
Absolutely. If I need a trip to another time and a twist on Historical Fiction, I read Phillippa Gregory. If I want a laugh? I read Elizabeth Gilbert. Two of my MUST buy authors are JR Ward and Karen Marie Moning.
Is there a WIP or any news you can share with us?
The Dark Affair which features Powers, a secondary devil in Lady in Red, comes out in March and before that I’m releasing a novella, A Lady Undone which features a female character from Lady in Red and Wyndham from The Dark Lady. I adore these two and I especially feel the heroine deserves a marvelous HEA.
I’ve enjoyed your visit, Maire, and look forward to reading your Mad Passions series.
I’ve had a blast chatting. I hope you love my characters as they journey to their happy ending.
Maire is giving away a print copy, limited to U.S or Canada, or digital if the winner is international to one (1) lucky commenter. Do you prefer your historicals to have both sides depicted, partial to rose colored glasses or like the focus to be the darker side? Giveaway ends @12am est 10-4-13 with the winner announced shortly there after. Good luck!
The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…
Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man…
Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze—which so mirrors his own—he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?
2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his frst wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.