I have the lovely Raven with me today and before I let her share her latest hot new release, I have to ask her some questions.
1. What do you love most about the romance genre?
Well life isn't like that. There's so much unhappiness, and hatred in the world, it's good to escape into a happy ever after scenario.
2. Share the titles of three scorchers on your bedside table.
Have you seen my bedside table? I have a lamp, a phone, and a table mat on it. It's tiny. Oh and dust bunnies under it. My kindle fire is handy, so I can read without waking Dh up. The last three on there are well, not scorchers! I daren't read anything too er interesting in bed. I have to get some sleep!
3. Who are some of your favorite romance writers?
Oh, Robyn Donald, (Love story apart, her descriptions of New Zealand really made me want to visit. I have and I met her.) Nora Roberts, (because there's always something in her repertoire that interests me.) and Katie Forde, (because her love stories are light and humorous.)
4. How do you find balance with your writing and real life?
I try not to write at weekend or evenings. I see little enough of DH as it is. However there are times when I have to, and I disappear into the study. He provides the cuppas, and the wine. I usually aim for four hours writing a day otherwise, and on holiday, I get up early and put an hour in before we start the day.
5. What makes you happy?
Life. Seriously, I'm very lucky, and I know it. I don't take any of it for granted.
6. What fears do you face with the release of each book?
No one will buy it, it will be hated; I've committed a huge faux pas in it, all the usual, insecure writer things.
7.What do you want readers to take from your books?
A nice, warm, ahh that was lovely, fuzzy, feeling.
8.Do you have a book in your house that is destroyed because you've read it so
Several. There's an author called Miss Read, who writes about a village school in the 50's (yep okay I'm old) and a village in the Cotswolds. I'm on the third cope of one of her compendiums. Every time I reread it, it's like revisiting a friend, and finding out something new. Also Early Dick Francis paperbacks. Of course there's been the odd one I've dropped I the bath… I now use a kindle in a waterproof cover!
9. If you could spend an hour with anyone dead or alive, who and why?
My Great Aunt Nell, who was my godmother. She told me so many stories about her life, and I wish I'd written them all down
10.Do you set yourself strict rules while you're writing?
Not to set rules or goals because I always break them, and feel a failure.
11. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Growing old disgracefully.
12. How many times were you turned down form a book offer before you finally got
Actually not that many. One about ten years before I set to write in earnest, and one about three. Then when I decided I would write, Wallflowers Don't Wilt was the first sub, and the first acceptance. Mind you there was a few after. I soon learned to think just whom I should sub a certain work to. And so far, those rejections have all found a home elsewhere.
Miss Simpkins' School. Where seduction's the game, and success is the aim. Let your classes commence.
Miss Simpkins' School—Flora
Ex mistress to an Earl, who better than Molly Simpkins to show Flora how to ensure she gets what she needs from her marriage?
Flora's intended has idea she doesn't agree with. Angus thinks she should be happy to live at their Scottish estate whilst he spends his time in London.
It may be the way of the ton, but it isn't going to be Flora's way. This is her chance to show Angus what he'd miss if he leaves her alone. There's only one thing, she doesn't know how.
Luckily Miss Simpkins does.
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Happy reading, love R x