Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Author Interview: Jennifer Delamere

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


My father was a Navy officer, so we moved around a lot when I was young. We lived in Texas, California, Boston, and Virginia Beach before finally settling in Savannah, Georgia. We even spent a memorable summer in Panama, where we visited the great locks of the Panama Canal and took a memorable train ride across the densely forested country. I think all that traveling must have instilled a kind of wanderlust in me, since I’ve traveled quite a bit as an adult too. My mother was a journalist, and I’m sure I got my love of writing from her.

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?

Although Greece, France, and Norway are high on my “want-to-see” list, if I was traveling for book research I’d go to England, where my books are set. I’ve been there twice now, but there’s still so much to see! I’d travel to the north of England, where portions of my next book, A Lady Most Lovely, are set.  In addition, I’d love to see Cornwall in the west of England, where I hope to set a future series.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I love historical romance, although I am contemplating writing some contemporary stories. I have an unpublished book which is set at a Colorado ski resort. It would be fun to develop a series from that.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love historical romance, of course! I also love books on history. I find that true-life events are often more amazing than anything one could invent for a novel.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

At times I enjoy reading steamier books, but I have no wish to make my own books too graphic. Many of my favorite authors, including Jane Austen and Mary Stewart, managed to evoke lovely and sigh- inducing romances with just a kiss—or even less! My goal is to write books that are rich with the joy and sizzle of romance, while leaving the more explicit details to the reader’s imagination.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

I’m looking forward to the release of A Lady Most Lovely in September. It’s the second book in the Love’s Grace trilogy. It has as its central plot a marriage of convenience, which is one of my favorite kinds of stories. I’m also busy finishing the final book in the trilogy, which will be published next year.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I think it’s inevitable that a writer’s world view will flavor his or her books. I approach most everything in life from a positive perspective. I look for solutions to problems, expecting that things will work out in the end--that troubles can be overcome and problems solved. That’s probably why I love romance stories--they have what we writers call “emotionally satisfying and optimistic” endings. The hero and heroine work hard to achieve their happily ever after, and they get it.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

First of all, I want main characters I can root for. They are not perfect, of course, but they are sympathetic enough to make me want to follow them on their journeys through life and love. Also, there should be a believable connection between the hero and heroine--often called “sexual chemistry.”  Their personalities may be similar or very different, but either way I want to be convinced that they were made for each other. Most importantly, there has to be a happy ending. Without a happy ending, it might be a “love story” but it isn’t a romance.

Please share about your book.

Lizzie Poole is a woman with a dark past who masquerades as a missing heiress in order to discover the truth about her own identity. Her ruse is successful, but she finds herself falling in love with the one man that her new identity prevents her from marrying: Geoffrey Somerville. And yet Lizzie believes that if she admits to her deception, she will lose Geoffrey’s love.

Geoffrey has weighty problems of his own. He’s a clergyman who suddenly finds himself elevated to a peer of the realm—he inherits a barony when his two older brothers die. He is dealing with the heartbreak of losing his brothers as well as the pressures of a position he never wanted. And then he finds himself attracted to Lizzie, the woman he thinks is his brother’s widow! These circumstances put both of them in a terrible moral bind.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

When Kathy Altman reviewed An Heiress at Heart for USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, she wrote that it “explores the themes of honor, family, and faith in a compelling balance of charm, sentiment, and suspense.” I hope other readers will agree and find the book both intriguing and entertaining.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Just like a mother with many children, I have to say I love them all! However, many readers have told me they love James Simpson, the heroine’s cousin in An Heiress at Heart. He is a lovable rogue who enjoys matchmaking but is himself determined to remain single. His lighthearted banter provides a lot of comic relief. Although he seems frivolous and intent on avoiding responsibility, in truth he is a genuinely caring person. In future books he will show himself to be a true hero, and no one will be more surprised than he is at the woman who finally captures his heart.


Thank you!
Jennifer Delamere
AN HEIRESS AT HEARTAvailable Now from Grand Central Publishing!

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