The newest series I’m working on is the Markson Regency Mystery series with The Masked Lady and The Murder being the debut book. This particular series has the Viscount and Viscountess of Hampshire, Lord and Lady Markson, solving the crime and they don’t care if the accused is a peer or commoner. That they can look past the status of the person is what will make it unique and I feel different from other series.
Currently, I’m working on the second book, The Guilty Countess, and have started to plan out book three which is still untitled.
What I will be doing is, at the end of each book, having the first few pages of the next book with the release month. This way you, my readers, will get a tiny taste of what’s coming.
As with my other regencies, I plan to keep the love scenes behind closed doors.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
For Lady Kristina Markson I could see Gwyneth Paltrow playing the role. I love her in Emma and Shakespeare in Love not to mention the Iron Man movies. For Lord Robert Markson my choice would be Hugh Grant. I love him in are Notting Hill and Love Actually.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I don’t know if you’d call it writers block or not but I do get what I call brain freeze. It’s when I can’t write, not because I don’t want to but the brain and fingers don’t want to work. This usually occurs when I write for anywhere up to three to four weeks in a row without a break. To resolve the problem I take a day or two off then get back to writing.
For you writers out there you’ll have to find what works for you, sorry.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Getting reviews; great, good or bad are part of being an author. The great and good ones I love, don’t we all, while I deal with the bad ones knowing they are part of the process.
I’ll read a book and or watch television. This way I can get my mind refreshed to get back to work-writing.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything’s small stuff.
What is your favorite book?
I’ve got to many to list with the majority being regencies. Contemporary romance comes in a close second.
Who is your favorite author?
Again, I’ve got to many and won’t for fear of leaving someone off the list.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I’d love to have tea with Jane Austen not so much to discuss her books but to understand how she chose the subject matter of her stories.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
This is an easy one. When I loaded my car in September 2012 and drove from Connecticut to Texas not knowing where I’d be living once I arrived.
Where do you get your inspiration & motivation from?
Most of the time I get the idea for the first book in the series from a “What if?” After that I get the ideas for the following stories from the current one I’m working on.
White wine or red? White wine
Coffee or tea? Coffee especially Starbucks
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? Take-out
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla
Pancakes or eggs? Both
Sleep in or get up early? Since I write at night- sleep in
Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop and Netbook
Now for some fun. You’re a lady in regency England, of the following which would you do-
- Dance with a gentleman more than twice at a ball.
- Waltz without receiving permission.
- Carry on a conversation with a gentleman you’ve not been formally introduced to.
- Ride astride along Rotten Row.
Leave your answer in the comment section for an eBook copy of The Masked Lady and The Murder. I’ll pick the winner on Sunday, April 13 using Random Number Generator.
When Lord Robert Markson, Viscount of Hampshire, is force to return to England to find out who murdered his father and older brother he’s in for a surprise.
It comes in the guise of Lady Kristina Rosewood, daughter to the Earl and Countess of Crossington. To many she’s quartz but to him a multifaceted diamond.
While recovering from an attempt on his life which thrust them closer together they work through emotions for each other while sorting through letters sent to his mother years ago. Slowly, they’re able to discover the one man who could have set the murders in motion. The only problem, he’s been dead for years so who could it be and more importantly why now.
Once all the evidence is compiled the answer is something neither could believe as the threat comes from within the late viscount’s house.