The Accidental Duchess is a combination of a coming of age story and the story of a rebellious heroine who finds herself married to the last man she expected, who is also a man she blames for the death of her first true love. Both humorous and poignant, it is the last book in my Fairbourne Quartet.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Oh, this is always hard because I do not picture famous people as my characters.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
My own experience is writer's block is procrastination that has gotten out of hand. It happens to me. When I get over it, normally it is by sitting down and starting to write ANYTHING. That reminds me that writing is a joy and not a pain.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I think that reviews are for readers, and readers can take them or leave them as they choose. When reviewers think their role is to teach the writer how to write---that is when I think they get off point.
Besides reading, I confess that I watch television, most things like HGTV about real estate. I do follow a few series too. I also like to take walks.
What is your favorite motivational phrase? The more you do, the more you can do.
What is your favorite book? I don't really have just one. I guess, however, that Dorothy Dunnet's Nicolo Rising has a special place in my memory, because though it I found my love of fiction again after years of being away from it.
If you weren't a writer, what would be your next choice of career?
I have already had that career, as an art historian and college teacher. Next in line would be librarian. Do you see a pattern here?
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
The Duke of Wellington. When I read biographies of him, I get very conflicted impressions of what he was really like.
If you could trade lives with anyone, who would it be and why?
Bill Gates, because I think I have much better ideas for how to spend his billions in the public good than he does.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
I have traveled a lot, and while I love Europe, I would have to say my most interesting trip was to Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand.) The cultures are radically different from ours. Second most interesting trip would be the time I visited Hungary right after the Soviet block broke up.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Maybe the time I wrote my agent an email, and accidentally sent it to about a thousand members of a writing loop.
White wine or red? Red
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? take-out
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Butter pecan. ooops. Okay, vanilla
Pancakes or eggs? Eggs
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, but that almost never happens anymore. I have fond memories, though!
Madeline has GENEROUSLY offered to giveaway two signed copies of The Accidental Duchess to 2 LUCKY readers. All you have to do to enter the drawing is answer the question; If you could design a cover for an historical romance, what kinds of things would you have on it? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!