MBA&M: Wendy, please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

WW: My brother, sister and I were born and raised in the North Island of New Zealand by

English immigrant parents, which makes me a first generation Kiwi. I was lucky enough to have a childhood filled with love and laughter, surrounded by adults who were willing to give me their time and answer the thousands of questions that I fired at them constantly.

I have been married for 28 yrs to a wonderful man who puts up with a great deal of angst from me and our two children, Soph 25yrs and my son Nate 22yrs.

My writing habits are a bit different than most as I write in the lounge in the evenings, on my lap top, headphones on listing to rock music while my family watch T.V. around me. It works because we’re all together and if they want my attention they just throw something at me!

I am a hopeless romantic who cannot watch a movie unless it has a happy ending. My favorite at the moment is Persuasion (2007 version) by Jane Austen. 

I’m not overly fussy where food is concerned and pretty much love everything as long as there’s lots of it. However after an illness I was tested and found to be a Celiac, which means I can’t eat donuts and chocolate brownie which I’m still struggling to recover from. My favorite meal is a bbq after a long summer’s day, especially if I can enjoy it with friends and family.

I am a cyclist, avid watcher of rugby and love a good joke. My favorite time of year is Christmas when my husband says I morph into a crazed Christmas Fairy with maniacal tendencies

MBA&M: If you had to state something about “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” that would most appeal to your readers what would it be?

WW: My hero and heroine are born into two different worlds yet through a set of circumstances they find each other and I think there’s something pretty neat about fighting the odds and finding true love as a result.

MBA&M: Where did the idea of “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” come from?

WW: I was actually given the idea for the beginning of the book in a competition I was going to enter and the book evolved from there. Strangely, I never entered the competition.  

MBA&M: Which character in THE “RELUCTANT COUNTESS” stands out the most to you and why?

WW: I think my hero Patrick is my favorite character. He’s so determined to think the worst of Sophie my heroine right from the opening page. He’s rude, arrogant and actually really vulnerable deep down inside. He can’t help himself from lusting after her even though he knows she’s all wrong for him. It was interesting to write about how he tried to fight his feelings and then how he totally capitulates when he realizes she’s not the woman he had first thought her to be.

MBA&M: Name a secondary character or two in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” and tell our readers a little about them. We understand the main characters are usually discussed, but the secondary characters help to carry the story along?

WW: Lord Stephen Sumner is Patrick’s best friend. Their families estates are close together and both were raised to be head of their family’s, but that is where the similarities stop. Stephen is loud, loves life and has a wicked sense of humor that irritates the hell out of Patrick. He is possibly the only person who is not awed by Patrick and in fact challenges him on every level. It is Stephen who realizes how Patrick feels for Sophie first. 

Amelia Pette becomes Sophie’s friend. She lives with her mother who is harsh and critical, yet Amelia has always managed to keep her humor intact. She clashes with Stephen and shares Sophie’s love of dolls, but more importantly as Sophie’s character grows in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” so does Amelia’s. She finds the courage to stand up to her mother and in the end she too gets her man.

MBA&M: What scene in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” was your favorite in writing and which was your hardest to write?

WW: The first scene was fun to write because it really set the feel for the book. You meet the two main characters immediately which is not always possible to do and you are plunged straight into the conflict.

The hardest scene to write was the scene where Sophie gets injured and Patrick is the one who must tend her with help from Stephen. It’s hard to portray that kind of desperation and emotion on the page without overdoing things. I think by then I was pretty emotionally involved too so I wanted it to make as real as I could.  

MBA&M: If you were not writing, what would you being doing? Thanks, by the way for writing.

WW: Your welcome and thanks so much for having me here on your fabulous blog.

That’s a tough question because writing has always been in my blood. I did think about becoming a teacher once but I’m not sure I’d have the patience for that. I love music but again I’m not terribly musical and have had two aborted attempts at learning the guitar until finally my family hid it from me. I must admit to being a bit of a dreamer so I’m sure if I didn’t write I’d do something along the lines of writing the words in greeting cards or advertising of some kind.

MBA&M: Who do you feel most influenced your writing and why?

WW: I would have to say that as far as other writers go Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn have influenced me most. I love there style of writing and the worlds they build, their humor and intrigue and the wonderfully descriptive way each of them write. They have such colorful characters and all three are savvy women. Of course I could name many more but these three are favorites of mine.

Romance Writers of New Zealand is probably responsible for me becoming published however. After becoming a member I started entering competitions and that is where I honed my skills. Feedback is essential or how do you know if what you are writing is any good? RWNZ made me get over my fear of letting people read my work and helped me to get to the point where my novel was ready to be put before an editor or agent. These organizations are invaluable as are the knowledgeable people who belong to them.


MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing style most resembles?

WW: My editor thinks I most resemble Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn or Sabrina Jeffries and to be honest I would find it hard to put myself in such exalted company but maybe given time and a few more books I may reach those heights.

MBA&M: What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime, you have not already done?

WW: I would one day love to be on the New York Times best seller list and there are a few awards I would like to be nominated for, but I’ve got several books to write before achieving these heights.

I have a few travel destinations I want to visit like Pompeii and Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands.

I’m really looking forward to cuddling my grandchildren too!

MBA&M: Last but not least, please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS”…

WW: My website is http://www.wendyvella.com/ and I have a facebook page http://facebook.com/AuthorWendyVella and Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/wendy_vella

“THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” can be purchased from Random House INC http://www.randomhouse.com/book/221633/the-reluctant-countess-by-wendy-vella

Email: wendy@wendyvella.com

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The Reluctant Countess

On Sale: January 14, 2013
Pages: 302 | ISBN: 978-0-345-54007-2
Published by : Loveswept

From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

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  1. Hi, Wendy! I have been see and hearing about this upcoming novel and cannot tell you how excited I am to read it. I have put it on my Wish List and cannot wait for it's debut!

    Congratulations and all the best.

    Connie Fischer

    1. Hey Connie, hope you enjoy it, sorry for the delay in replying not a good time for my internet to fail me.


      1. Hi, Wendy!I'm sure it will be a great read! All the best and thank you for taking the time to respond!Connie

  2. I enjoyed the interview and I think The Reluctant Countess sounds like a fantastic story that I'm excited to read.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  3. Congrats on the release. The Reluctant Countess sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Love the cover. Thanks for the great interview, excerpt, and giveaway.


  4. ** Waving ** for a print copy – looks great for those snowy days of 2013 I know are coming.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  5. Please enter me for the print copy. It looks like an story I would enjoy.
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