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Alpha males and simpering heroines are fun but a character that is true to life grips me more. I don’t like caricatures nor do I relate to tragic figures. My taste is less bourgeois and more middle class. I identify with protagonists that have every day problems and believable emotional upheavals. I am a classic escapist, and for me my favorite heroes and heroines are those that pull me out of my mundane world into an equally mundane world. The only difference being that the mundane world in books should be written in such a way that they make me look around myself and see everyday things in a more exciting light.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love fantasies, all sorts of romance genres, adult and young adult fiction, mysteries, classics and children’s books. I will read anything, but for some reason all my books are set in the regency era with plenty of romance and a bit of mystery.
My current novel ‘The Wicked Wager’ is a hard one to categorize. It is a humorous murder mystery and romance yet the protagonists and the structure does not fit into any specific genre. I can’t call it a Regency romance nor is it a typical cozy mystery. I suppose it is something in between.
What got you started on your writing journey?
I was one of those awful children who wrote poems at an early age. It was mostly humorous verses that made fun of grownups. Most schools teach you to learn your lessons by rote. I suppose my creativity was being suffocated, and I needed an outlet to vent. I vented by writing and reading what was not part of the syllabus. Even in college I wanted books signed by authors instead of makeup or clothes. I drooled over a portrait of Keats instead of posters of film stars. I never knew what it meant until I sat down to write a full length novel. I guess all my life I wanted to be a writer, and it took me years to realize that.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
Every time my characters kiss I stop writing and blush. At times my heroine turns around and punches the hero if he tries to get too close. I don’t plan that … it just happens. I enjoy reading clean romances that have a story to tell. I think what is not said and simply hinted at is more erotic than explicit sex scenes. I am not saying I will never write steamy romances, but I need to build my courage for that. At the moment I am a bit of a wimp.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
I have almost finished my second book ‘Penelope’. This time it is a humorous Regency romance. No murders and no steamy sex. It is about a young country bumpkin who arrives in London along with Lady Bathsheba (her pet goat) in the hopes of catching a man. After that I will start working on a Regency mystery series.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Writing gives me a glow. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I create my characters and write a particularly good scene. It lets me live so many lives in so many different worlds. It is like being an actress and playing parts but without the paparazzi.
Where do your ideas come from?
I tell myself stories when I can’t sleep and my eyes are too tired to read. If I like the plot I made up, then I write a short paragraph down in the morning. I carry my book with me into my dreams at night. I have very vivid and lucid dreams and my subconscious gives me the ideas. My mother used to make me recount all my dreams, and I think that trained me to never forget what I want to remember.
Please share about your book
‘The Wicked Wager’ is a Regency romance and murder mystery. Lord Richard Hamilton wants to marry Emma Grey as soon as possible, but the Duke of Arden wants them to wait a year. Richard is impatient and concocts a ridiculous plan to speed up the wedding date. Things fall apart after that and the so called simple plan turns complicated. The biggest hurdle comes when someone is murdered and Richard is one of the suspects.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
This is a hard one. I think all my characters have a pivotal role to play in my book but Lord Richard Hamilton could be considered a main character. He is handsome, spoilt, rebellious, adorable and naughty.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
I can best describe them as relatable. Their romance is not a saga but something that makes you smile and at times giggle.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I love them all but the Duke of Arden is my favorite. He is complex, intelligent and dependable. He is different from my other characters. I would like to have a duke like him in my life. Someone I could turn to in times of crisis.