25 JunAuthor Interview With Regency Romance Novelist Arabella Sheraton

Today I’m delighted to welcome Regency Romance author Arabella Sheraton, author of the Regency Romance novel, The Dangerous Duke.  Once you’ve finished reading the interview, please take a moment to leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of The Dangerous Duke, and before you leave us, don’t forget to download your complimentary commemorative musical jigsaw puzzle featuring the stunning cover of The Dangerous Duke.

Q. When did you first begin your career as a storyteller?

A. I have been involved in free-lance writing for about 15 years now. My storytelling days began when I was young and entertained siblings, friends and relatives with tales of intrepid kids and their deeds of derring-do!

Q. Tell us about your book THE DANGEROUS DUKE.

A. The Dangerous Duke is just pure romance and misunderstanding from start to finish, although happily my hero comes to his senses at the end and my heroine gives him another chance. When the beautiful but impoverished Fenella Hawke takes up the position of Companion to the elderly Dowager Duchess of Wyndlesham, she is unprepared for the hostile attitude of the current Duke to this scheme. She is also ill-equipped to deal with the overwhelming feelings she experiences upon first meeting him. The handsome and arrogant Devlin Deverell has wealth, status and a beautiful Mistress. A notable Corinthian, he has decided that pleasure is his for the taking, but marriage not a consideration for the future. Life and love are strictly under his control. His passionate response to Fenella’s presence takes him by surprise. Devlin suspects Fenella is not who she says she is and that she has secrets to hide. It is full of wonderful characters and interesting twists and turns in the plot.

Q. What was it about REGENCY ROMANCE that captured your fancy?

A. I grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. I also love history and generally find the past more fascinating than the future. I have been steeped in Regency writers since I was a teenager. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, I read ‘em all!


Q. Do you have an all-time favorite novel in your genre, and what elements make it your favorite?

A. Now that’s a tough one because I love all the Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer novels. However, if I have to pick a favorite Regency novel it would be Pride and Prejudice. I love the era, the plot, the interplay of characters, and maybe just a sneaking crush on the delectably somber Mr. Darcy!

Q. How do you research your novels?

A. I read novels of the era or modern novels covering that era, and I also find Regency sites and blogs. Recently I purchased a great book with all the information I need between the covers. It is called Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester.

Q. Tell us about your favorite novel that you have written, and why it’s your favorite?

A. The Dangerous Duke is my first novel and I wrote it for fun, actually to entertain my disabled mother who just adores historical romance. I didn’t think it would ‘go anywhere’ but my publisher Aurora Regency and readers have proved me wrong. I just love all the characters, especially the wonderfully wicked villains, Sir Marcus Solesby and Lady Penelope Vane. I am busy with my next novel, Married at Midnight and although it is completely different, I am thoroughly enjoying writing it as well.

On Writing:

Q. Is there anything you absolutely must have in order to write?

A. I need to have my facts researched and at my fingertips because writing historical novels means you have to have the details right. Fans of Regency romance know a lot about their favorite genre and they do not like sloppy research. I also need classical music played very loudly and I can’t start the day without a pot of tea.

Q. What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

A. Finding the time between a teenage daughter and a wheelchair-bound mother I would say. I love writing and never have writer’s block. If I am hitting a sticky patch I gloss over it, work on other chapters, and when I go back to the problem area I find the characters have usually organized themselves and are ready to move forward.

Q. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write?

A. I am so blessed. Mom and I recently bought a beautiful large house in a lovely area with a huge office just for me. I start the day by taking my daughter to school at the crack of dawn (to avoid the traffic) and then come back and have tea with my cockatoo Cleopatra for half an hour. Then she goes into the cage in my office and I get Mom ready for the day. Then it’s over to me and work. I have a break at lunch, then continue until it’s time to fetch my daughter. I work again until about 5.30. I don’t work late at night unless I am doing a book review because it’s good to have family time.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your life online and the sites you maintain.

A. I have just started my Regency Romance site and I am beginning to market my writing. I have a Regency Romance Facebook page as well. I would love to get a few Likes from readers.

Just For Fun:

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That sums up the Regency era for me, and despite women’s emancipation and all that … has anything really changed in the last 200+ years?

Q. Where is your favorite place to read?

A. My new house has a huge sitting room, with bookshelves packed to the brim. I used to only read in my bedroom but now I find I am enjoying my sitting room. I also have a beautiful garden with benches so that’s new to me.

Q. What is your favorite non Regency book and author, and why?

A. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I have read it almost as many times as I have read my Jane Austen novels and my Lord of the Rings. I love English detective novels and this is Wilkie Collins’ best book, as well as being the forerunner of the now-popular genre.

Q. If you were a supernatural or mythological entity, what, or who, would you be, and why?

A. I think I would be the Greek goddess of wisdom Athena because I’d know everything there is to know plus I get to have an owl on my shoulder!

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you desperately want with you, and why?

A. Sun screen because I have a fair skin; The Lord of the Rings trilogy because I never tire of reading it; all my classical music to while away the hours until my hero came to rescue me (which he would, of course!).

WEBSITE: Regency Romances
FACEBOOK: Regency Romances on Facebook
PUBLISHERS: Aurora Regency
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Now that you’ve beeen introduced to Arabella, please take a moment to leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of The Dangerous Duke, and before you leave us, don’t forget to download your complimentary commemorative musical jigsaw puzzle featuring the stunning cover of The Dangerous Duke.

Smiles and Good Reading,

Teresa

5 Responses to “Author Interview With Regency Romance Novelist Arabella Sheraton”

  1. Ruth Hill says:

    Please enter me! Sounds like a great book!

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Regency & romance - yes please!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  3. Tricha Leary says:

    Sounds like a great book! Please enter me!

  4. Madeline says:

    I would love a copy, please enter me to win a copy!!

  5. Linda says:

    I think it’s so lovely & admirable that you wrote the book to entertain your mum!

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