Christmas Countdown 2018 Day 4 :)
Arabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.
In this delightful traditional Regency romance, Miss Diana Dashwood accepts an invitation to Lady Prescott's Christmas party at Camden House, in the countryside. But things do not go quite as she imagined. Through an unexpected event, she is forced to spend the night in a woodsman's hut with one of the guests. What a scandal!
Of course, Sir Gareth Blakely must propose, and he does. Unfortunately, Miss Diana Dashwood has already been engaged to and broken off her engagement from Sir Gareth Blakely after a bitter quarrel. Is it likely she will bow to social pressure and accept his proposal, one made only to save her reputation, and if they marry, does their union stand a chance of survival?
And what about the pretty heiress, Miss Jemima Plymstock, whom everyone thinks is the lady Sir Gareth had his eye upon? Headstrong and proud, Miss Diana Dashwood is caught in a dreadful dilemma. A must-read for Regency fans!
Q&A With the Author:
- Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Brontës, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, I have found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. I also love history and generally find the past more fascinating than the future.
- What do you love most in the world?
I’d have to say my daughter, then my pets, then writing, then all the other fun stuff that writers do when they are not writing.
- What inspired you to become an Author?
Interestingly I was already an established author in another genre when my mother complained about historical romances all sounding formulaic. She asked me to write her a Regency romance … and I have written eight so far and am busy with the ninth.
- What is your favorite Winter / Holiday tradition?
Christmas parties, especially in a cold climate, when everyone gets together, and we eat lots of yummy food, delicious desserts, and exchange lovely gifts.
- What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
Honestly, I don’t believe in writer’s block. I just think that when a writer thinks they have it, the concept jumps into their mind like a great monster. For me, it’s a case of waiting for my Eureka moment to get me into the next phase of the story. While I’m waiting for that Eureka moment, I work on other sections or scenes that will come along at some stage in the unfolding of the plot.
- Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
My mother died half way through my writing the second Regency romance for her, Married at Midnight. Before she passed away, she said to me, “Make sure you never stop writing, even though I won’t be here to read the books.” Around the same time, the publisher who loved my first book emailed me and asked if I had written or was I planning to write more. So, I had to keep writing and here I am now on the ninth book.
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