Please give a warm welcome to one of my all-time favorite authors, Katharine Ashe. I am so excited that she has dropped by. I noticed that she has a few friends joining her today. Why, I believe it is that dashingly handsome Lord Leam Blackwood and his beautiful bride, Lady Katharine…Kitty to her close friends and family, have joined her. This is truly a wonderful surprise. I believe they have just returned from honeymooning. Cross your fingers that the love birds will share a bit about their adventure. Let's walk over and say hello, shall we. I just spotted Katharine over at the punch bowl pouring herself a libation. Oh, dearest readers, I believe I will walk over and ask a few interesting questions to feed my curiosity of her latest release WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY. Come now, this looks like it will be loads of fun. =)
Why do you write?
Because I am addicted to the feeling of falling in love, and because the characters come to me and ask me to write their stories.
Name one eye-opening thing you learned from your book research.
I went to Scotland for the first time and I fell in love. The country is heaven — emerald hills lined with stone fences and dotted with sheep, roadside pubs with crackling fires, whisky that tastes like life and earth, wind-swept castles, heather blooming on slopes and crashing waves on cliff-side shores, sparkling blue skies overtaken by storms so swiftly it made me breathless. The people were even more wonderful — frank and smart and funny and astoundingly generous to this foreigner. I am a convert to Scotland for life.
Do you have a favorite motto?
“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Do you have a favorite fictional hero? Favorite fictional heroine?
So many!! Frances Crawford of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles is one favorite. I also adore the Scarlett Pimpernel and Spiderman. All three men are brilliant, clever, masters of disguise (which I’m particularly fond of in a hero), and devoted to the one woman they love.
I admire Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett for her wit and humor, and Georgette Heyer’s Venetia for her ability to see the real man beneath the façade that everybody else sees and to know with certainty that he is the man for her.
Which fictional character would you hang out with?
Indiana Jones — handsome, sexy, brilliant, adventurous, with an abiding determination to do what’s right no matter what the cost to himself. Oh, and a sort-of secret identity. Come to think of it, he’s a lot like the heroes I write.
What is one of your favorite book covers, your own or someone else’s?
I love all my covers. The artists at Avon really do spectacular work, like Eloisa James’s gorgeous “fairytale” book covers.
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
I adore my mother and we’re very good friends. Mothers in my books are often nasty pieces of work. But I’m a writer. I make stuff up.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever learned by Googling your name?
I don’t Google my name. J
If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
Backward! To dance a quadrille at an assembly rooms ball, take tea with a duchess and quaff brandy at a gentleman’s club, sail the ocean on a tall ship, careen down the Old North Road in a curricle behind a perfectly matched pair, and do all the other things my characters do while breathing the air they breathed, wearing the clothes they wore, delighting in the delicacies upon which they dined… that would be fabulous. But only if I got to come home to modern dentistry and Netflix whenever I wished. ;)
Katharine, please share with us more about “WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY” released by Avon Romance.
A spinster fleeing society, a roguish lord bent on seduction, and a tiny village covered in snow. What could be more deliciously scandalous? But things aren’t always what they seem…
Lady Kitty Savege and Lord Leam Blackwood seem spectacularly ill-matched, and they’re convinced they don’t belong together despite their tendency to fall onto each other’s lips every time they find a minute alone. But a winter’s sojourn in a snowbound inn and a dangerous cat-and-mouse chase in London with an elusive assassin might just prove them both stunningly wrong.
I noticed that your Falcon Club series is set in the Regency era. What is it about this time period that peaks your curiosity that made you set your series in it?
Its richness! The balls, drawing rooms, dress, and manners of high society are positively delightful to write. But there was much more to England in this era. In the early nineteenth century Britain was conquering the world and gathering the spoils of its colonial expansion — gold that built the decadence of Regency society. Combining the marvelously rigid rules of the beau monde with the fantastic expanse of the British Empire, there are so many stories to be told of adventure, intrigue, heroism, and especially love that defied convention. Those are the stories I love to tell.
Okay, I want to give a warm welcome to Lady Katherine “Kitty” Savege and Lord Leam Blackwood. (Waving franticly, trying to get the besotted couple’s attention). I know you two have gone through a lot to get to your happily ever after so I will try to be brief. (Blushes scarlet as she catches the intimate glance between the newlyweds, clears her throat...) Okay, so you two are still in the honeymoon stage, I see. I would like to know what each of you thought when you first laid eyes on the other. Was it love at first sight?
Leam: Aye, though I was too much of a cuddie to know it at the time.
Kitty: Yes, though he was too much of an ass to know it at the time.
Kitty: (smiling sweetly) You said it first.
When you met, did you believe in true love? You can all answer. I’m quite curious to know all of your opinions.
Katharine: Absolutely. They were idiots.
Kitty: That isn’t precisely fair.
Katharine: All right, not idiots. Tragically blind.
Leam: (mumbling) Rather, tragically burdened with uneasy backstories.
Katharine: (waving it away) Excuses excuses!
Kitty, name the one thing about Leam that you believe won your heart.
Kitty: His dark eyes. His poetic soul. His inability to keep his hands off me. Oh, you said one, didn’t you?
Leam, name one thing about Kitty that you believe changed your outlook on love.
Leam: Her sincerity, vulnerability, and constancy.
Kitty: (whispering) She said one.
Leam: I heard her. (smiling) And mine weren’t the only busy hands, luv.
Kitty: Well, I imagined you accustomed to ladies throwing themselves at you.
Leam: You imagined I hadn’t a rational thought in my head.
Kitty: When my hands were busy, my lord, I wasn’t much thinking about your head.
Leam: Thank th’Almighty.
Katharine: Christine, do you have a room somewhere these two can use?
Now back to Katharine
Katharine, while you were writing Kitty and Leam’s story was there a scene that popped out the most?
The mouse hunt in her bedchamber. The strip piquet. The shooting. The midnight kiss beneath snowy trees. The kitchen. The revelation in the park. More! The scenes with the most emotional intensity always hold my attention. In this very emotionally intense book, there were many.
Katharine, what is more difficult to write: an intense sexual scene or a heart-wrenching emotional scene? Why?
Every scene is an adventure to write, a challenge, and a joy — especially the scenes that most powerfully reveal the hero and heroine’s connection to each other. My heart pounds with my characters’ hearts, my breaths speed up, I weep, I laugh. I’m a mess! It’s a wild ride.
When you were writing “WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY” did you have music playing in the background? If yes, what type? Does music play an intricate part in your writing?
I don’t write to music. I prefer silence for that (rather, the sound of my dogs snoring on the couch in my office). But for every book I create a playlist that I listen to at most other times — driving, running, walking the dogs, doing household tasks. I can’t bear to be away from my hero and heroine until they get their HEA, so it’s like cheating, letting myself stay immersed in the story even when I can’t be at the computer writing. For Leam and Kitty’s book my playlist included Lowland Scottish folk music, Regency-era dance music, the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack, and rock songs with powerful emotional intensity.
Which do you find is most important to you as a writer, voice or story? Why?
I will read any story — with an HEA or not — if I find the author’s writing beautiful and moving. If it makes me laugh too, it’s a forever keeper. So I suppose voice is most important to me, although I can’t begin writing a book without a very strong story idea, which for me always begins with the romantic dynamic between the hero and heroine.
Katharine, please share with desperate readers where they can connect with you in cyber world. =)
Links to my Facebook and twitter pages, and my blog, as well as book release information and a place to sign up for my secure mailing list are all on my website at http://www.KatharineAshe.com . I love hearing from readers and I always write back.
I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GOT-TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
Liz Carlyle and Rachel Gibson top the pile, but there are so many others!
What’s next in the works for you? When can readers expect to see it out on shelves in their local bookstores?
Book #2 in my Falcon Club series, HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY, is a fiery, delectably sensual battle of wills between a man with a mission and a woman who refuses to be controlled. Readers will recognize ex-pirate, Jin Seton, from my CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD, and Viola Carlyle, the lost lady he’s been searching out for years. HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY will be in stores June 26.
Katharine, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with Romantic Crush Junkies readers and myself; it has really been a blast getting to know more about you and your books.
Thank you, Christine. It’s been a pleasure!
RCJR is proud to present Avon Romance historical romance author Katharine Ashe's first installment of her phenomenal The Falcons Club series,WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY, released on February 7. 2012.
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