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Today I’m on the ‘How Not To Chaperon A Lady’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
His childhood nemesis…
…is the woman he can’t resist!
Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn—he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Writing books was always my dream right from my earliest memories but it wasn’t until I was in my 40s and burned out from teaching that I was brave enough to take the plunge. I am so glad I finally did as now, after twenty-three published books, I am living my wildest dream!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child, I loved Dahl and Dickens and the immersive worlds they created. As an adult, I adore Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare and Susan Mallery. I particularly love to read a series as I need to know what happens to my favourite characters once their book is done.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Obviously, the living author I would choose would have to be Nora Roberts, who is the most phenomenal and prolific storyteller. Her book Montana Sky is a masterpiece of both suspense and romance. Of the past, I would love to chat to Oscar Wilde as his comic timing and use of witty prose is second to none.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka as I think he would be a fascinating character to chat with. He’s quirky and endearing but with a dark edge. I suspect he and I would share the same warped sense of humour and love of the ridiculous.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I cannot work in a mess, so I have to clear my desk and tidy my office before I sit down to write. The rest of my house can be a disaster zone- but my office must be spotless!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas just seem to appear out of nowhere and that’s always been the case. Sometimes things I see or hear spark something and sometimes my odd head conjures things up. And should people be worried…? I might have based the odd baddie on somebody I have encountered in real life but my lips are sealed as to who 😉 .
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a total panster. I cannot plot at all because I see and hear the book appear in my odd head as a film as I type, so I’m always as surprised as my readers by what happens. OInce they are formed in my mind, my characters basically do as they please and always misbehave and take the story in a different direction to the one I thought we were heading. Weird, I know, but it seems to work for me—especially as the characters are always right.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My top tip is to find your own writing voice and not try to emulate someone else’s. Once you’ve found it, writing becomes soooo much easier. You also have to force yourself to write when the words won’t come and fix your story rather than abandon it. Giving up is for hobby writers- the ones who have a future writing will plod on even though it feels like pulling teeth. One of my favourite writing quotes is ‘Easy reading is hard writing’ and that’s the truth. I have another quote framed above my desk which pretty much sums up the joy and pain of being an author ‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’ Its not the easiest job, far from it, but once you get it right it’s the best job in the world.
What are your futureplans as an author?
To keep writing my stories for as long as I have stories left in me to tell! Aside from the final book in the Talk of the Beau Monde series, I have a Regency RomCom series coming out with St Martin’s Press in the US and Headline Eternal in the UK on 9th November which I am super excited about. Never Fall for Your Fiancée is the first book in the Merriwell Sisters trilogy. I’ve also got another series coming out with Harlequin/Mills&Boon coming out in the new year. My Very Village Scandal series is set in a quaint, thatched English village where gossip is rife everybody knows each other’s business- a bit like Virgin River but set during the Regency. The Earl’s Inconvenient Houseguest is the first book and that’s out in February. I also have plans to write a contemporary RomCom series next year which will need a home, so watch this space…
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Yes indeed—the hero and the heroine have been sworn enemies since children thanks to an unfortunate incident with a kite. Even after eighteen years, neither are over it… nor over each other 😉 .
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Virginia Heath.
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