MISTAKEN KISS is book two, a traditional Regency in a series called My Notorious Aunt. The aunt, Lady Alameda, is a bit mad, but not so crazy that they have to keep her locked in an attic. She’s more of a conniving sociopath who enjoys stirring up trouble for her nieces and nephew. The third book in the series, CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH, will be out next month.
These are definitely comedies of manners and the humor in them may not be for everyone. Thus far, they have been fairly well received for which I’m exceedingly happy.
MISTAKEN KISS is a quirky homage to Oscar Wilde, the characters very British and in some cases a bit daft. I adored Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST and THE IDEAL HUSBAND and I’m also a big P.G. Wodehouse fan. So it’s that kind of tongue in cheek humor.
Willa is nearly blind, but she knows trouble when she trips over it.
Willa, the vicar’s little sister knows full well that her prospects are bleak. When she accidentally kisses Alexander Braeburn, her dull predictable world turns upside down. Logic dictates that she should stay away from the handsome Corinthian. He’s the black sheep of their village. But how can she resist? She yearns for one more taste of the most tantalizing excitement she has ever experienced. Just one more, before Willa settles back into her dreary life forever.
Alex is intrigued by the refreshingly forthright Willa. Her genuine character warms his jaded heart and makes him smile. When she naïvely marches into trouble, Alex feels duty bound to rescue her. Is it duty? Or something else that compels him to watch over the vicar’s little sister? For an excerpt visit: http://kathleenbaldwin.com/kathleen-baldwin-books/mistaken-kiss/
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
No one is quite like Willa. She’s red-headed, spunky, and super smart. But if I were to choose I’d pick Karen Gillan, the Scottish actress who played Amy Pond in Doctor Who.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Writer’s block. Hhmmm. Sadly, my writing schedule won’t allow for it. But if I did have it, I would pray for help, sit down and scribble three pages of free-writing (using pencil and lined paper), while consuming a scrumptious piece of chocolate raspberry cheesecake. In my experience there’s very little that God, free writing, and cheesecake won’t solve. Believe me - I’ve had some major personal stress and still written through it.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
It baffles me how people find the time to be negative. I only review books I like. I like to spread good news and joy.
How do you relax?
I kick back with friends and family. If it’s vacation time, I’m a nature girl. I like to find my way up a mountain somewhere, or an ocean to play in, or a river to raft.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Write Fearlessly. Thank you Jo Davis for that one. To which I would add: Live Fearlessly!
I keep a notebook of motivational quotes. I pin them up in my office. I paint them on the walls of our home. One of my boys made me paint over one in the dining room. (There were several.) He said, “Mom, it’s getting kinda preachy in here.”
What is your favorite book?
Oh golly, this is a tuffy. It might be Jamaica Inn by Daphne De Maurier. Or, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
Who is your favorite author?
To pick one would betray so many others I love. But, if I must choose, I’m going to have to say Daphne De Maurier, no wait, O’Henry, oh, I know it’s Louisa May Alcott, except naturally it must be Jane Austen… nope, I can’t choose.
What is your favorite movie?
It’s a Wonderful Life.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Shakespeare. I’d love to sit down and just listen Shakespeare impart wisdom. I mean, seriously, you can’t turn a page of any Shakespearean play without shaking your head and saying, oh my gosh, that is so true!
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
Well… true confession time. Back in college I decided to take off one summer on my bicycle and cross the desert, 200 miles to my home in Phoenix, during a drought.
Ha! A rather dumb decision considering I had a grand total of two dollars on me and no canteen. But I was used to roughing it and survival camping. So…
I only made it three days before I got worn out and dehydrated. Luckily a good friend happened to be home in a little town in Southern Utah. This was back in the days before cell phones. So I dragged my sorry dehydrated self ten miles off the main highway to his little town. I made it to his front yard and he rescued me. Air conditioning never felt so good. Clean water never tasted wet and wonderful.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Um, isn’t that trip embarrassing enough? I didn’t bring a canteen thinking I’d find water along the way. Pretty stupid. I’m embarrassed about that, but I’m even more embarrassed to say I drank water from a little muddy trickle of water where cows stood upstream. Here’s the thing: if you’re really REALLY thirsty you will drink cow piss water. And be grateful.
White wine or red? Neither, I’m allergic to the sulfites. Sad, I know. But I do like Bailey’s and Cream.
Paper books or ebook? I love both. Find myself reading ebooks a bit more.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? Cook. I like to cook. Doesn’t mean my family likes to eat my concoctions. I can't bring myself to follow recipes. Pantser in the kitchen, too.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate!!!
Pancakes or eggs? Eggs, scrambled with a side of bacon, please.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, snuggle under the covers, and daydream about story before rising. So, technically, I’m working. Really.
Laptop or desktop for writing? Desktop, or a yellow legal pad and pencil. How antiquated is that?
Thank you so much for inviting me to Timeless Quills. It’s an honor to be here with you. I’d be delighted to give away two eBook copies of MISTAKEN KISS to a reader who comments.
I’d love to hear what book is your all time favorite? I’m curious, too, if readers prefer their Traditional Regency served with a dose of wry humor or seriousness?