author, Torch in the Forest
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I was raised in Europe as a young child, and seeing castles on a daily basis made me sure that I had really lived in one.
From there, it was easy to accept historical figures as real people, and then to create my own!
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
My favorite type of hero is an arrogant, strong man with a hidden, softer side to him and a sense of humor. I know someone just like that *giggles behind hand* My favorite type of heroine is a very intelligent, loyal, and feisty woman who is determined to overcome all obstacles and still has a sense of humor, as well. I guess you can see a common thread here!
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
I just finished ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize winner), and my favorite author is Hilary Mantel – imagine that!
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?
Of course, my most favorite place to go to research on an upcoming book would be la bella Italia, but I would have to do lots and lots of research, so I'd have to stay a very long time. Naturally, my DH would have to accompany me; I can't drink wine alone, you know. :)
What got you started on your writing journey?
My DH told me I should write a romance (he must think I'm the romantic sort :) ) and so I began to study how to write true romances.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I am just not a steamy person, (really!), though I like to think I am very sentimental and romantic. I like the innuendoes and the impact of things left unsaid and undone, as in Shakespeare and in Greek tragedy, because I think readers should be given lots and lots of credit and respect for their own imaginations. That's one way that writers can engage readers, instead of spelling everything out. It is much more meaningful a connection between reader and writer, and I hope my readers appreciate that, too.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
Oh, yes! I thought this reviewer really "got" Lady Eleanor and Lord Hugh: "The love story told within Kremer's pages is at once both sweetly innocent and steamily enticing, allowing the reader to use their own imagination to let the seductions fully unfold."Torch in the Forest," while a romance, is one that values morals and propriety more than cheap thrills. With its well-placed use of nuance, it is proof that hints and innuendo are more enticing (and romantic!) than crude escapades, and reminds us also, that one can never underestimate the power of an intelligent woman. -- Newport Beach Independent Newspaper, March 25, 2013"
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I've had 28 books published under another name – not romances!
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
The characters' honesty, intelligence, respect for each other, and, oh, yes, that elusive chemistry (such fun to write about!) are the ingredients of a great romance.
Please share about your book
Eighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries. As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage -- feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge -- and who trusts no woman. When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, she must find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
I think readers would enjoy reading about a strong, beautiful, intelligent, and loyal young noblewoman who is able to vanquish not only her conniving, despicable overlord, but to realize and ultimately accept her own romantic feelings for an erstwhile "enemy," the arrogant and handsome Lord Hugh, who, in turn, is quite sure she is just a ninny, as he thinks most women are. The medieval, chauvinistic attitude of men toward women is the perfect challenge for Eleanor, while her relationship with Lord Hugh begins to build into something she had not envisioned.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
My favorite characters are Lord Hugh and Eleanor; they are both intelligent and headstrong and have to fight their growing feelings for each other….and then…. :)