Friday, October 26, 2012

Author Interview: Bethany Swafford

Today I am happy to introduce you to a wonderful author, Bethan Swafford, who is here today for an interview.  She is the author of Emily's Choice, a regency romance.  So, let's get to it!!!

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures):

I'm from a normal sized, traditional kind of family, I think. I'm a middle child. I've lived in a couple different states. I've been on a prairie, in the mountains, near beaches, pretty much all over the place. I like seeing new places, probably since I'm so used to moving every few years. I always say the world is a big place, and I want to see as much of it as I can. I worked over two years in a small town public library, where I learned a lot about different kinds of books.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on
your "must read" list?
I'm really looking forward to Laurie R. King's newest Mary Russell book, Garment of Shadows. I also have The Agency series by Y.S. Lee on my list of books to read.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
London. I would give almost anything to be able to explore London. Since my favorite books are set there, I would love to be able to see it for myself.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical romance. Ever since I read Pride and Prejudice, I have absolutely loved that time period. Of course, the book has to be clean. Far too many times, I've been soo excited about a historical book I haven't read before and halfway through, I get blindsided by a sex scene.

What got you started on your writing journey?
Oddly enough, I kept getting in trouble. So, one of the worst punishments I ever got was when my parents would forbid me from reading any books for a week. My loophole: my own stories didn't count.  Eventually, I was writing something in all of my spare time, especially after I'd finished reading all of my library books. And, I had my younger sister always pestering me for something new to read.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I chose to write clean romance because of my personal moral upbringing. As a teenager, I read all of Jane Austen's works, and that set the bar for a good romance. So, no I won't be writing anything that would embarrass myself, my mother, or my grandparents when they pick up my work.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
One of my friends, actually, came up to me after she'd finished reading my book and she said, “Bethany, I reached this one part of your book, and from that point I couldn't put it down. I had to find out what happened. You built it up so well, It was great.” That meant a lot to me.

Please share about your book
My book is set in 1815. It's the story of an eighteen year old girl, Emily Lawrence, who lives with her father and her cousin, Rosalind, on the family estate. Emily and Rosalind are aware that there are secrets around them, and when a new neighbor comes, Emily becomes determined to find the answers.  Of course, she falls in love with the neighbor, Adrian Williams, and that leads to trouble with her father.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
I would say that Emily Lawrence is naive, young, cheerful, caring, and stubborn.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Actually, I loved writing Emily's cousin Rosalind. I think she developed a lot in my book, from a quiet but sweet companion to a young woman determined not to be overlooked.

Thanks for the interview!  Check Bethany out at: http://www.goodreads.com/Bethany_Swafford 

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