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[SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS]
MBA&M: Why use this setting?
SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS is set mostly in England’s gorgeous Lake District—a beautiful, romantic destination complete with mountains, forests, and lakes. The picturesque location has inspired poets like William Wordsworth, who in 1804 wrote I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. I just love the poem’s last two lines: “And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.” The setting provides the perfect backdrop for Olivia’s adventurous, passionate personality and gives James, an archaeologist, plenty of countryside to explore. Best of all, it’s an ideal location for an afternoon picnic or a refreshing dip in the lake.
MBA&M: Who is your all-time go to author for anything historical?
Oh, it’s so difficult to choose just one, but I’d have to say Lisa Kleypas. Her stories have such a wonderful combination of humor, emotion, and sexiness. She creates characters I wish I could have as real-life friends. I hear that she’s working on a new historical series, and I absolutely cannot wait!
MBA&M: How do you prioritize your time?
It’s a juggling act between family, writing, and work! But I think that’s true for most women, isn’t it? I usually write in the evenings and on weekends—it’s a great way to unwind and relax after a hectic day. I feel so fortunate to be writing the types of stories that I love.
MBA&M: How do you choose your characters for each story?
The Honeycote books are my first series, and when I began it, I really didn’t have a plan as to which characters would get books or when. But I knew that I wanted the stories to feature strong-willed heroines, and since the first book features two sets of sisters, they seemed like great candidates. The next book features Lady Rose, Olivia’s sister, and that will be the last Honeycote novel. For now. 🙂
Thank you, Anne for spending time with us and our readers! Congratulations on your latest release!!
Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn’t shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother’s best friend and her heart’s only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It’s now or never . . .
Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.
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