My Book Addiction and More is honored to welcome author Vanessa Kelly! Please sit back, relax and enjoy our time together.
MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into author Vanessa Kelly?
Vanessa: I write very sexy stories that are character-driven, but also have pretty fast-moving plots and even the occasional bit of danger. I really love dogs and cupcakes, and action-adventure movies where things go boom. My husband tells me that my movie tastes are more akin to those of a teenage boy, and he’s not entirely wrong about that. But I’m also a Jane Austen devotee in any format, and an avowed follower of Downton Abbey.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing Historical Romance (Regency)?
Vanessa: I would say the Regency Romances penned by Georgette Heyer. My older sister had a treasure trove of those books, and I ripped through them when I was a teenager. And Jane Austen had a lot to do with it, too!
MBA&M: Where do you get your ideas for writing your Romances? Do your characters jump out at you or do they hide from you for a while before presenting themselves?
Vanessa: I get quite a lot of ideas from reading history, but television and movies are often a rich source too. Surprisingly, some of my best ideas come from reading contemporary romance and fiction—I’ll get the germ of a modern idea and wonder what it would be like transposed into a historical setting. And my characters do tend to hide out a bit, but I always manage to drag them out from behind the curtains!
MBA&M: If you could step into any book of yours or anyone else’s, who would it be and why?
Vanessa: For one of my books, I think it would be the current one, His Mistletoe Bride. First of all, it’s a Christmas book and I love the holidays. Secondly, it’s the wrap up to my current series, so all my favorite characters are in it. It would be fun to be with them one last time. As for another author’s books…I would have to say just about anything by Loretta Chase. Whatever else happened, I’d be sure to laugh.
MBA&M: Do you gain any energy from your fans? If so, how does it affect you and your writing?
Vanessa: Absolutely. It’s really fun to interact with my readers on facebook and Twitter, and on my blog. They encourage me and help me to feel like I’m on the right track, especially when I’m not feeling a whole lot of inspiration.
MBA&M: Can you give our readers some insight into the research and the authenticity required in writing Historical Romance?
Vanessa: Historical romance readers tend to be pretty knowledgeable about their favorite periods, so it’s always a good idea to strive for an appropriate and realistic historical setting. But I’m also writing for the modern reader—and writing a romance—so you have to balance all those competing elements. I try to create an accurate historical setting that lends itself to the story, gives readers a realistic feel for the period, but also supports a good romance plot that today’s readers can relate to. That does mean doing the kind of research that enhances my story, but story always comes first. Of course, the type of research itself changes from book to book, depending on the particular setting or plot.
MBA&M: Why do you feel readers lend themselves to the allure of historical romance?
Vanessa: Generally, I think readers look to historical romance for a little bit of an escape from their everyday lives. They like to imagine time periods where men and women—and the events of history—were so different and larger than life. Specifically, I think the Regency period is so attractive because it typified a certain elegance, charm, and wit—and we love the outfits—and yet was also a period of fascinating historical and social change. Women also had a fair amount of freedom in the Regency period, something they certainly didn’t have in many other eras. That makes it a little easier to push the envelope when creating plots and characters.
MBA&M: What is on your horizon? Can you give our readers some tidbits into your next project(s)?
Vanessa: I’m working on a new series for Kensington, called The Renegade Royals. It’s about a group of men who are the bastard offspring of the sons of King George III (in historical fact, these princes had a LOT of illegitimate children), and their adventures inside and outside the ton. The first release will be a novella to kick off the series, which will come out in December 2013. Two full-length books will follow immediately in January and February of 2014, and then I’ll be doing the same thing again ten months later. So, two novellas and four full full-length titles in that particular series.
Vanessa, do you have anything else you would like to add?
Vanessa: of your readers might be interested to know that I also write contemporary romance with my husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. I really enjoy working on those books—they’re very sexy and fun, and my husband and I have a great time writing them. You can find out about those books at www.vksykes.com
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her last book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance. You can find her on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com
October 1, 2012
BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE…
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed…
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…
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