My Q&A with Katy Madison:
Who are your romance “goddesses”? Do you have a top 5 of your favorite books?
Romance “goddesses” hmm. I’d have to count Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Georgette Heyer in my “goddess” category. And my top five favorite books, well, I read a lot of books, but reread very few. However there are a few I’ve read multiple times: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and then just to confuse people The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov and the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. Can’t go wrong reading about the happiest place on earth, but I also like to go there with a plan. While herding my kids around the parks, I earned the title, Sergeant Mom.
What makes writing historical romances so compellingly seductive to you? What do you look for when deciding to read a book?
I’m fond of history so historical romances are a good fit for me. As for what catches my interest when deciding what to read, lots of stuff. A pretty cover. An interesting premise. An author I’ve read and liked before. Honestly, I’ll read about anything. I just want characters I believe in and can understand why they make the choices they do. My reading mood will vary, as far as the angst to humor ratio I like.
Some authors say that their stories take them in surprising directions, or dialogue flows from some unknown place. Is it the same with you? Do your characters surprise you sometimes?
All the time. I’m fly into the mist writer. I can’t see where I’m going. I usually start with the premise and just one or two scenes in my head. I work to or from those scenes. I just try to understand the characters and what they want and why. Then usually they will surprise me by doing something I didn’t expect or refusing to do something I wanted them to do.
How do you like your heroes and heroines?
I just want heroes and heroines I can believe are real. I like men to be men, forceful and confident without being jerks, and women to be women, if perhaps a little more independent than women of their time might have been. I want my heroes and heroines to be people I admire and wish I could be.
What do you feel was the easiest part of writing ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION? What was the most difficult?
Writing is always such a jumbled up blur. It’s both easy and hard at the same time. I love a story that is in my head waiting to be written, I hate it when I get it on the page and it rarely lives up to how I envisioned it. I really love discovering the characters and learning who they are as I write. I usually hate revision, even though I know it makes the book better, and sending a book out without revision would be like going out in my underwear.
What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?
1) The original title was AN IMPURE BARGAIN
2) Plaster of Paris casts were used during the Crimean War 1853-1856. The same war that brought Florence Nightingale to prominence in nursing.
3) Originally Jack lost the lower part of his leg, but my editor made me fix him. So I found that a surgical repair of a shattered ankle with silver wire was performed in the mid 1850s. (Although it was more likely he would have had an amputation.)
4) The book Jack has in Chapter 24 is a real book.
5) The song that kept playing in my head while I was thinking about Jack and Caroline’s story was “Life in a Northern Town” by The Dream Academy.
What’s your favorite scene or moment from ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?
I think my favorite scene is the epilogue, because I get to show the characters happy and in love. But I also liked the first time Jack and Caroline have sex because the scene is so awkward and cringe worthy. But it does get better.
What do you think that’s your best line of dialogue for this book?
I think my favorite line of dialogue belongs to one of the secondary characters. “The next time I accept an invitation to a hunt, I shall make quite sure I am not the prey.” Jack has some great thoughts, but he didn’t say them out loud, and there were a few fun exchanges, but out of context they probably won’t make sense.
Why do you think that readers will fall in love with your hero, Jack Applegate?
Jack is a great guy. He’s ambitious, hard working, yet extremely caring and patient, while perhaps a little too proud. He’s the perfect man to help Caroline heal.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?
Up next is BRIDE BY MAIL a western-set (Colorado 1860s) mail-order bride story coming from Harlequin Historicals under the name Kate Madison.
And my last question that I always ask my interviewees: What makes a romance novel a great love story and would you define “romance”?
I think the characters are what make a romance novel a great love story and when you start rooting for them to have a happy ending that elevates it to a great love story. I would define “romance” not as the story of two people falling in love, but two people kicking and fighting against falling in love, because they believe it is the worst thing that could happen to them, but in the end they fall in love anyway.
by Katy Madison
December 1st 2011 by Avon
Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover— At her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.
Jack has longed for the beautiful, untouchable Caroline for years, but the chasm between a lady and a laborer was too wide to ever dream of crossing. Now, fate and passion have thrown them together, but the potential scandal threatens to smother their love. And when a violent secret comes to light, only a terrible sacrifice will prevent the flame of their affection from being snuffed out forever …
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