I write what I consider to be a hybrid of regency historical romance and romantic suspense. There will almost always be some kind of mystery (though in my novella's the mystery is a bit less serious) and I really love to have my hero and heroine work together to solve it. My latest book is set in Bath and features a ladies' companion, Georgina, and her employer's nephew (an earl), Con, who must work to figure out who is threatening her.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I think for Con I'd like to see a someone like Matthew Goode. And for Georgie, I picture someone with the look of Rosamund Pike.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Just write. Many times I find myself putting off getting started, or having false starts then stopping. What I find helps most is a program called Write or Die, which basically forces you to keep writing or something bad will happen (like a loud noise, or the screen turns red.) It also has a kamikaze mode that begins erasing your previous work if you stop typing but I don't go for that. I'm not that hard a case!
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews are someone's opinion of my work. And I know not everyone is going to adore my writing. And that's fine. I would never comment on someone's bad review or try to make them change their mind. It's not my place. Readers have a right to their negative opinions. And honestly, I just don't care that much. Not to say that I've never groused about a negative review. It's only human. But I firmly believe that the author should stay out of it. As for good reviews, I cherish them.
I sink into a good book, or an interesting television show. Right now I'm watching the past seasons of Game of Thrones. Anything with a plot amuses me!
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
M: Gosh, I don't think I have one. Though I do like the moral of the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare: Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
What is your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Who is your favorite author?
What is your favorite movie?
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Jane Austen. She died so young, I'd like to know what other stories she didn't get a chance to write.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
That is easily my first trip to London when I was in college. It was so educational and shocking for my nineteen year old self. I learned so much and I fell in love with live theatre.
White wine or red? White
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? Take out/delivery
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate
Pancakes or eggs? Pancakes
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in
Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop
Manda has created a contest for her readers. To be put in a drawing to win a copy of her newest novel, Why Earls Fall in Love all you have to do is answer the question; What book or author you were reluctant to try that you ended up loving?