Today I invited author Melody Thomas to tell everyone about her latest release and more.
Welcome. Please tell us about your book, Passion and Pleasure in London.
The story is about two desperately lonely people who have been fighting for others for so long that they have each in their own way forgotten how to love. This is their journey on that road of self-discovery. Of course there are bumps in that road as each discovers the other is not at all what he/she seems. Each holds secrets. Rory Jameson is the dark horseman who comes riding into Winter Ashburn’s life and changes her world.
What inspired the story?
I have to say the first two books in the Charmed and Dangerous series inspired the story. Rory Jameson was first introduced in Wild and Wicked in Scotland, and when he made a bigger appearance in Sin and Scandal in England and kept taking over every scene he was in, I realized this dark and dangerous man was a future hero with a story inside him to tell. I also love the lost soul theme and so I gave him a heroine who possessed the ability save him even as he saves her. As you might be able to tell, I love telling a gritty story.
Is this book part of a series? If so, should the books be read in order?
This book is part of a series but you do not have to read them in order. Each book is a standalone story that centers on a group of men who work for the Council~~a mission impossible group of men and women who does various nefarious work for the crown.
Describe the hero of Passion and Pleasure in London with 3 words. The heroine?
Rory Jameson: Tall, dark & dangerous. (Both physically and metaphorically)
Winter Ashburn: Innocent, passionate & loyal
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
My favorite part of being a writer is working on a book I love, the process of writing itself. It’s finding your groove in the story and letting the passion of the moment take you away to your character’s world. (In the old days if I had told anyone this they would have locked me away, I’m sure) J The worst part of being a writer, is spending too much of my time alone in the attic, or worrying about my numbers, or whether a particular story is working, if it is not working, why not? I have set a very high standard for myself and I want my books to be good.
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
If I ever switched genres, I would write a romantic suspense. But I love historical too much to switch and right now my career is moving along quite well.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Other writers like Kathleen Woodiwiss, Penelope Williamson, and M.M Kaye. My love of reading gave me the desire and the courage to try my hand at writing. I struggled with the craft for many years before I finally found my RWA chapter in 1996. RWA changed my life.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Join a writer’s group in RWA if possible. Attend the national conference. But more than anything, sit down and write the book. And always, always believe in yourself.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Motivated, passionate & determined.
How do you like to relax?
Sleep or read a good book. J I have a very difficult time relaxing.
What do you like to read?
I read everything, non-fiction and fiction. One of the things I like so much about writing historical is the research. I have a huge library filled with books. I also discovered at a very young age that reading is so much more enjoyable than watching television or going to the movies. I find myself hitting my huge TBR piles at all hours day and night. One of the reasons I like attending the national RWA conference is for all the wonderful books I get there.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Oooo, good question. I guess I would have to think what I would want to find in a time capsule that someone left me fifty years ago. Since I love history, I would want to find an old magazines and newspapers. Something that was part of the era.
For me, since I will not be around in fifty years, I would be aiming this time capsule at my children, who would then be in their seventies and maybe great-grandparents, I would put in pictures of them with their father and I, a quilt made by my mother, my wedding dress which was a Victorian hoopskirt gown, LOL. Love letters I wrote to their father when he was deployed overseas, my wedding ring because it might be worth something in fifty years. J What with the price of gold these days. I’d put in my grandparents’ old coins that I still have around here someplace. In fifty years it might be like discovering a doubloon. J. I guess I would want my great, great-grandchildren to know a little something of my life and my world. Of course, I would include all of my books. They may be worth a college education for the paper alone by then. LOL.
What is next for you?
My next book out in July 2009, is called Beauty and the Duke and is a magical take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale that takes place in an old castle in Scotland. Throw in a magic ring, a curse, and a paleontologist looking to find a dragon and you have my next historical series. J
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
I’d be interested in hearing what kind of hero is a favorite of theirs. What are some of their favorite historicals and why a particular author has touched a reader as she has. I am always interested in what readers have to say about the industry and what they would like to find on the shelves. Come visit my website and check out my new book at: www.melodythomas.com.
Thanks Melody for that wonderful interview. Readers, look for my review of Passion and Pleasure in London here on the blog soon.
In the meantime, how about answering Melody’s questions for readers…