Friday, February 7, 2014

Author Interview: Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd
author, Headmistress of Rosemere

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

I live in Indiana and I am blessed with a wonderful husband and daughter. In addition to being an author, I work in marketing and strategic brand management.

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?

Since I write Regencies, this question is easy for me to answer – England! But more specifically, I would like to travel to the Peak District.

What is one silly fact about you? 

I have a weakness for sour gummi worms. (But doesn’t everybody? J )

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer? 

I love the challenge of taking a snippet of an idea and growing it to a full-length novel. There are so many hidden details and intricacies that are involved in the process, and I love discovering – and developing – those story threads.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader? 

I think my favorite comments from readers have to do with the fact that they identified personally with one of the characters. It is a great feeling to know that a story you wrote spoke to or entertained a reader.

Where do your ideas come from? When I sat down to write The Whispers on the Moors series, I knew that I wanted set it in Regency England. But then, I took it a step further – I asked myself “what would a woman in the Regency era NOT typically do?” And the ideas came from there.

Please share about your book.

Here is a quick blurb:

At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away . . . but that man never came. And since her father’s death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.

William Sterling dallied his way into financial trouble and mortal danger. When he is assaulted by his creditors’ henchmen on the road home from a tavern, he guides his horse to the doorstep of his tenant, the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After being tended to by Patience, the wounded William rides off into the dawn—but makes a point to learn more about the lovely headmistress.

As he spends more time at Rosemere, something delicate begins to develop between William and Patience. But that will not deter William’s creditors. With little money to repay his debts, and less for the upkeep of his estate, it becomes clear that sacrificing Rosemere may be the only way to preserve his legacy. But it may also cost him his happiness.

Include links to your books:

The Heiress of Winterwood: Amazon Barnes & Noble ChristianBook.com

The Headmistress of Rosemere: Amazon Barnes & Noble ChristianBook.com

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