Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wedding Night with the Earl- Part 2 : A Short Conversation with the Author

Interview with Amelia Grey

1)What made you choose the time period of the novel? 

I have written in the Regency time period for my last 14 books.  I love the time period because of all the romantic trappings of the time period. To me there’s just something extremely appealing and very sexy about a tall, handsome gentleman dressed in buff-colored trousers, black Hessian knee boots, and a white shirt.  A man whose honor is more important than his life.  Most of the gentlemen truly wanted to make a young lady feel beautiful, desired, and treasured.  A Regency man was not only expected to open the door for a lady, pull out her chair, and watch his language and his manners around her, he wanted to do these things. He was the epitome of class and standards dressed in perfectly tied neckcloths, cutaway coats, and boots polished to a sexy gleam, slowly sipping a glass of brandy from a fine crystal snifter. 

2) How do you figure out your character names? 

Names are very important to me.  I like to pick strong, all masculine sounding names for the heroes—for instance—in my current release Wedding Night With The Earl the hero’s name is Adam Greyhawke.   In the first two books of The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series the heroes names are Bray Drakestone and Harrison Thornwick.  I always try to give my heroines a one syllable last name.   It is just easier for the hero who will have to say her name a lot in the book. In Wedding Night With The Earl the heroine is Miss Wright.  In the first two books of The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series the heroines were Miss Prim and Miss Rule.  I like to think that all the grand ladies of the Regency were as strong and as spirited as the heroines in my books.  Clothing for the ladies was stunning and delicate.  Beaded and brocaded gowns trimmed with wispy bits of lace fell softly over fine cotton chemises, silky smooth stockings and stylish satin slippers.  A well-dressed lady was never without a fancy embroidered handkerchief peeking out of a velvet reticule, jewels or pearls lying delicately around her neck, and ribbons, flowers, or alabaster combs adorning her hair. 

3) When you are reading for pleasure, what do you like to read genre wise? 

I’m a big reader of romance books.  I read all of Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick’s books.  And too many more to mention.  I’m reading romance books right now for Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards right now, but I also enjoy reading books about historical figures.  I have Custer’s Trails by T.J. Styles on my nightstand to start after I finish the RITA books.  I also try to read from an inspirational book each night before I go to sleep.

4) Who are your literary idols?

I probably have to say Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick are my favorites but then I think of how I enjoy Jo Beverly books and then the list continues with Eloisa James and Sarah McClean in the historical genre even though to me all the ladies have a very different style, I enjoy them all.  I read Kat Martin and Joan Johnston as well.  They are friends of mine and very good authors.  And need I say I am a HUGE fan of Amelia Grey’s books!   

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A big thank you to Ms. Grey for taking time from her busy schedule to answers these questions for me.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.

Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

With more than twenty-five books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She's also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia's books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.

Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

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