Our guest today is historical romance author Ella Quinn and she is giving away a copy of her debut release The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. Check out this lovely interview with her and leave a comment along with contact information for your chance to win!
Alexis: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Ella: Two years ago. I started getting a scene playing in my head of a woman in Regency dress. So I sat down and wrote the book.
Alexis: Wow, that is great! What made you chose your title?
Ella: The original title was “Phoebe.” That didn’t go over well when I pitched the book at my first writers conference. When I returned, I got with my critique group and they helped me find a good title.
Alexis: Ah yes, writing friends are the best, aren’t they? So which authors inspired you?
Ella: Definitely Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Dunnett.
Alexis: Ah, the classics. A lot has changed since then, especially because we have computers now :-) Everyone has their own writing process…how they come up with ideas, how they name their characters, how they choose the setting. Can you describe your writing process?
Ella: My ideas usually come to me in full-color mind video. Almost as if I was watching it on TV. I’ve never actually picked a setting, it just seems to come. For example, the book I’m working on now was supposed to have taken place in Jamaica, instead it ended up on St. Thomas. Some of my characters come fully named, others need a little help. I have books on historic names. Most of the time as I’m looking at the lists, a name will pop out at me. In The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, I had a name I thought Edith was the right first name for Lady St. Eth, but the character wanted Ester. I looked it up and sure enough, the name was used during the Regency and with that spelling. My hero’s father didn’t tell me his first name until the third revision.
Alexis: Ugh, don’t you hate waiting for a character to talk to you so you can clear up a detail? So what are you working on now?
Ella: The fifth book of The Marriage Game. It is based in St. Thomas, which was a Danish protectorate at the time, Martinique and Tortola.
Alexis: Now that sounds exciting. As an almost neighbor, over here in St. Croix, I can immediately picture those settings.
Ella, it has been a pleasure having you on Happily Ever After Thoughts. Wait until our readers check out your book blurb. I know they will want to buy this book. I know I do.
THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE ~ September, 19, 2013
LADY PHOEBE STANHOPE, famous for her quick wits, fast horses, and punishing right hook, is afraid of nothing but falling in love. Fleeing a matchmaking attempt with the only man she despises, Phoebe meets a handsome blue-eyed stranger who sends her senses skittering. By the time Phoebe discovers the seductive stranger is the same arrogant troll she sent packing eight years ago, she is halfway to falling in love with him.
LORD MARCUS FINLEY last saw Phoebe striding regally away, as he lay on the floor with a bruised jaw and a rapidly swelling eye. Recently returned from the West Indies, Marcus is determined to earn Phoebe’s love, preferably before she discovers who he is. Determined to have Phoebe for his own, Marcus begins his campaign to gain her forgiveness and seduce her into marriage.
Can Phoebe learn to trust her own heart and Marcus? Or is she destined to remain alone?
~Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore--plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus. A marvelous find for Regency romance readers.~
~NYT Bestseller Grace Burrowes ~
Ella Quinn’s The Seduction of Lady Phoebe is a passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!”
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Ella’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Across History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, will release in September 2013
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Website: (Up soon) www.ellaquinnauthor.com
Alexis: Don’t forget to leave a comment and contact information for a chance to win The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.