I was given the opportunity to take part in a ‘blog tour’ for the launch of a brand new book and decided to jump at the chance. The fact that the book has been classed as historical fiction drew me in and I wanted to know more about the research and ideas behind the novel so instead of the usual book reviews or content posts I asked if I could interview the author, Anabelle Bryant – she said yes.
Genre: Historical fiction, Romance.
Publication Date: 6th August 2015.
Publisher: Harlequin’s Carina
Blog Tour Host: Jenny in Neverland, Neverland Blog Tours
Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?
Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running and writing, counterbalance her wanderlust. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle earned her Master’s Degree and is completing her Doctorate Degree in education. Thrilled to be an author for Harlequin’s Carina line, Anabelle’s historical romances are character driven. She strives to provide a heartfelt connection between her hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond. Clever secondary characters and lively conversation keep the pages turning.
Q. Where did your main inspiration come from when writing this book?
My novels are character driven, so it is the personality of my hero and heroine that serves as my main inspiration. What do they want? How do they accomplish it? I love to reveal my character’s journey to love by including such deep emotion, the reader feels as though they are reading about a friend.
Q. How did you go about choosing the time frame for the setting of your story?
I’ve always enjoyed reading historical romance, most especially books set in Regency England. When I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, I wanted to describe a place I found familiar and also knew I could bring to life, because I’d love to travel back in time and experience all the culture of that time period.
Q. Did you conduct any research to ensure a level of historical accuracy?
Yes! Readers of historical fiction are intelligent and they will definitely question my credibility if I make an error. I must confess it’s a pet peeve of mine when I’m reading if the author uses words or situations that would not be correct for the time period, so I’m very careful to research my facts.
Q. Are any of the characters in your book based on real life people?
No, they are all figments of my imagination and I still have a very crowded mind with many more stories to write. I do believe though that all my characters have a little of me in their depiction.
Q. Are there any scenes in the story which were based on real life experiences?
As a lover of romance, I’ve tried to incorporate little snippets of real life experience in my stories, but nothing exact. Professions of love, confessions and apologies and quirky conversations are my favorite to write.
Q. What exactly is it about regency England that you are so drawn to?
I can’t imagine someone not being charmed by the etiquette, emotion and aristocratic affluence that reigned during this time. Attending an opulent ball, dancing with a handsome Earl and riding through Hyde Park to be seen, are all favorite daydreams. Life was filled with cultural indulgence and the allure of fashion, poetry, art, is a temptation I can’t resist.
Q. Are you inspired by any other authors or do you look up to any?
I admire several authors and their unique voice in romance. Sherry Thomas writes heart wrenching emotional stories. Julia Quinn’s are witty and light. Loretta Chase is a master at seduction. I admire Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Essex too, as they are all inspiring and masterful writers.
Q. If you were to consider a sequel to this story, where would you base it?
That is a clever question as Undone By His Kiss is book two in my new Regency Charms series. Both book one and two were set in London, but book three (available in November) will take the reader out of the city to Brighton. I’m intrigued to set my new romance near the ocean because I secretly love pirates, and my hero can be a bit of a aristocratic swashbuckler near the sea.
Q. If you could go back in time and meet any historical person to use as inspiration for your books, who would it be and why?
It may be an obvious choice, but Jane Austen has written such heartfelt romance I’d have to choose her. She had an uncanny perception of life and love, and her influence lives on nearly 200 years later.
Q. Which part of this book was your absolute favourite to write?
Jasper, the hero of Undone By His Kiss, stole my heart from the minute he appeared in book one, his brother’s love story. Jasper is quirky, handsome, and very clever. His unassuming personality is infectious, and the manner that he courts Emily is absolutely my most romantic writing to date. Any scene where Jasper had a moment, was my favorite to write.
I’ve been impressed by Anabelle’s interview responses and love the fact that historical inaccuracies are a pet peeve for her! For me, readers of historical fiction deserve a good degree of credible accuracy in order for the real feel of an era to come through and live on. It is only by understanding a time frame in its own right that we can fully understand a story. How about you, do you crave historical accuracy in your fiction?
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