There’s just one problem-he’s competing against the only woman he’s ever loved and he’s sure she’ll ruin all his plans.
Interview with Christy:
With the growth of historical romance, how do you feel your historical romance stand out among the crowd?
I really feel that every writer has a unique voice, and that’s what distinguishes us from others in our genre, but I am seeing patterns in the kinds of stories I tell. I like strong, bookish heroines, women who are ahead of their time, and I tend to write heroes who can appreciate strong women. Often my characters find conformity to be a challenge, whether it’s living up to parental expectations or society’s notion of success. I’ve fallen in love with a very specific part of the Victorian era, the last decade or so of the century. That period was full of changes in fashion, technology, and all aspects of Victorian society. I think that gives me room to create characters that break a few rules.
Do you think that writing historical romance is one of the most difficult genres to write? Research wise? Readers/Critique wise?
I don’t think it’s a difficult genre to write, but maybe that’s because I love it so much. I was an avid historical romance reader long before I became a historical romance writer. As for the research, I was a history major in college, so the research is just icing on the cake for me. I enjoy every minute of it. In fact, the danger is getting lost in research, which detracts from writing time.
As for readers, I’ve found historical romance readers to be extremely loyal and supportive. Those of us who write and read historical romance share a similar desire to be transported to another time and place through the books we write and read.
What is your favorite part of writing historical romance? The scoundrels and rakes? The ladies who speak their minds? The lovely wallflower waiting to be noticed? The clothes? The setting?
All of those! Actually I think you’ve identified my favorite heroine, which is the wallflower who speaks her mind. Obviously I want to fall in love with a scoundrel every time I read historical romance too.
Researching settings and clothing for my books helps me give texture to my characters and scenes. I might drill down to the level of wanting to find out historical paint colors or types of carpets during the Victorian era. Those specifics might never make their way into my story, but they definitely inform my descriptions when writing a scene.
If you had to choose only ONE historical romance to read for the rest of your days, which would it be? and Why?
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. The hero, Derek Craven, took root in my head the moment I read the story, and I haven’t been able (or wanted) to evict him since. I love a hero who needs to be redeemed. I also remember being hooked by the first chapter when I realized the heroine, Sara Fielding, was a writer. Writer heroine plus bad boy hero is an irresistible equation.
Tell us a little about the Accidental Heirs series.
The series is based on the idea of unexpectedly inheriting wealth rather than being born to it. I wanted my protagonist in each story to have had a life separate from any title or wealth they inherited, and then I wanted to explore what happened when their plans, careers, and lives are changed. So my first hero unexpectedly becomes a viscount, my second hero inherits a dukedom, and my heroine in the third book finds her life taking an entirely different path than what she and everyone else expected of her.
Do you already have a favorite character/couple from the series?
I have a soft spot for all of my characters, but I think my favorites end up being the last couple I wrote. Rex and May, the hero and heroine of One Dangerous Desire, will always have a special place in my heart because they’re Americans living in London. I’ve visited London several times and lived there briefly, and I truly love the city. Rather than being born in England, both of them are viewing all of its wonders with fresh eyes, and both are also struggling to fit in to Victorian London society.
I also love the fact that Rex and May knew each other in the past. I’m a big believer in forgiveness and second chances, and I love writing stories that explore those themes.
What can we expect next from you?
I’m thrilled to be working on a new Victorian historical romance series for Avon impulse. The series is called Romancing the Rules and will feature the Ruthven siblings, whose father became famous and wealthy by writing a series of dry, stringent but wildly popular etiquette books. As you can probably guess, the Ruthven heirs are more interested in breaking rules than adhering to etiquette.