1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and
tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
published, and sole female in a testosterone fueled household. (Even the cat is
male) I love old books, old furniture and houses, and research — regency era
of course. My first story was published by a now closed publisher, but I’d
known about self-publishing for years before dipping my toe. I like to learn
new things and use the computer skills I already had so indie publishing seemed
a perfect fit for me.
from recurring procrastination. Ten minutes of quick fact checking can easily
turn into an hour of ‘I’ll use it one day’ research material. 😀
some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam.
Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not
writing, how do you spend your time?
Financial Planning. Being an Australian, in Australia, writing my stories in
English settings means I spend a lot of time surfing the web, watching UK TV
shows, and absorbing everything English. Spare time is spent with my family.
writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to
you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
that matters knows I write as my day job. My hubby is my biggest supporter, closely
followed by my parents and father-in-law. They’re always interested and asking
for details of the next book to come out.
with us your all-time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so
give us your top ten.
releases and whether the author’s books are available for readers in Australia.
I also read a lot indie author’s work too … Maggie Anderson, Ava March, Jess
Michaels, Sandy Williams, Donna Cummings, Samantha Grace, Wendy Vella, Barbara
Monajem, Mary Balogh, Bronwen Evans.
one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love to see cast in the parts?
When I’m writing I don’t picture real people as characters either. The cover
art models usually come close, but they’re often found after the story is
complete. After nearly 30 stories it’s hard to pick a favorite book. I’ll happily
accept reader suggestions though for which book of mine could be a movie. 🙂
tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information.
If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
planning, early writing, on a new series for publication in 2016. The new
series features a side character from An Accidental Affair and navy captains as
my heroes. The series isn’t named as yet, nor do the individual books have titles
either, but its coming together really well.
your stories, and is there a particular reading order?
date I have four published series — The Miss Mayhem Series (Miss Merton’s
Last Hope is the forth and final installment), Distinguished Rogues (6 novels +
1 Novella that releases in December), The Wild Randalls (a complete four novel
series), and the Hunt Club (Gay Regency romance – five books to date). I also
have six erotic regency romance novellas/short stories published too.
share how your present and future fans can contact you?
this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The
stage is all yours.
for readers of the blog: How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.
Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?
Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber.
Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty.
“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.”
Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.”
Dear God, the man wants particulars.
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