Today I have an interview with Vanessa Kelly.
Vanessa’s debut novel, Mastering the Marquis, released this month!!!
Here’s a blurb:
Since the loss of her parents, Meredith Burnley has contented herself with a solitary life looking after her half-sister, Annabel. But Meredith’s peace is shattered when her uncle schemes to marry her off to his son in order to gain her inheritance. Desperate, Meredith has only one choice: to flee with Annabel to their estranged grandparents’ home. But their arrival soon reignites a family scandal—and kindles unexpected romance…
Happily reunited with the girls, Annabel’s grandmother resolves to convince her nephew, Stephen Mallory, the Marquess of Silverton, to abandon his rakish lifestyle and wed Annabel. Stephen is clearly captivated—but with the wrong sister. Determined to make Meredith his own, Stephen embarks on a seduction that will leave her with no choice but to surrender to his touch…
Now here is my interview…
Welcome to my blog. Congrats on your debut release. Can you tell us a little about it?
Hi Jennifer – thanks for having me here! Mastering The Marquess is a Regency-set historical with Gothic overtones. It’s about a woman determined to save her young sister from incarceration in a madhouse, and the arrogant marquess she must turn to for help. A bit like Jane Austen meets Jane Eyre!
That sounds great. What inspired the story?
I spent several years in graduate school, studying British women authors of the Regency period. I was fascinated by the theme of madness in the novels of so many of these writers, and I did a lot of research on that topic. When I began to write my own novel that theme kept nagging away at me, and I just knew it would make a great basis for a story with a Gothic vibe. It wasn’t uncommon in late 18th and early 19th century England for women to be locked up in asylums by their male family members—for all sorts of reasons. My heroine, Meredith, must confront that situation when her sister’s guardian wants to do that to her.
Can you tell us a little more about the hero and heroine?
My heroine is Meredith Burnley, and she’s a strong woman who’s used to caring for everyone. Her parents died years ago, and she’s spent much of her life looking out for her younger sister, Annabel, who is an invalid. But even though Meredith is strong and capable, she’s lead a fairly sheltered life in the country. When Annabel is threatened with danger, Meredith must leave that quiet life behind and face many new and challenging difficulties in London. She’s up to the challenge, though, and will do whatever she has must to protect her little sister.
My hero is Stephen, the Marquess of Silverton. He’s handsome, rich, and powerful, and is used to controlling everything and everyone around him. That’s made him a tad arrogant and more than a little cynical in the ways of the world. But he soon finds out that Meredith has no intention of bending to his will, and he finds that both intriguing and admirable.
What was your favorite thing about writing this book?
I just loved how Meredith’s character developed. She’s a loving and selfless person, but one who doesn’t expect much good to come her way. It was great fun watching her learn that she did deserve to have good things happen to her, and that she didn’t always have to take care of everybody else. Stephen, naturally, helped her learn that lesson!
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
When everything starts to click and the words flow out almost faster than I can type them. When that happens, I feel great—physically and emotionally. It may have been a crappy day up to that point, I may have been feeling lousy, but the writing just makes everything sing!
That period between finishing the last book and starting the next. I’m just so nervous that I won’t do a good job on the next one, so I try to keep that period as short as I can.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Optimistic, people-oriented, romantic!
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now, what would you include in it?
All my Georgette Heyer and Lisa Kleypas novels, my DVDs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my Jane Austen movies, and a copy of Mastering The Marquess!
What’s next for you?
I’m doing revisions on the second book in my Regency series. It’s the romantic adventure between Sophie Stanton and Simon, Earl of Trask, two characters introduced in Mastering The Marquess.
Is there anything you’d like to ask my blog readers?
What do readers like to see in their Regency historicals? Do you like them darker, with that Gothic edge? Do you like all the glam and glitter of the high society parties, the witty conversation? Or both dark and light?
Thanks so much Vanessa!
Readers, you can learn more about Vanessa and her books on her website: http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/
Be sure to look for Mastering the Marquis in stores and online now!
Vanessa asked some really interesting questions for you fans of historicals…feel free to answer them…