Exclusive Interview with Jane Ashford + Giveaway!February 26, 2013
1. Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that stands out the most for you?
JA: I have an enduring affection for Georgette Heyer. I’ve found that over the years, my favorites among her books have changed. When I was younger I loved Arabella and Venetia. Lately, I find myself most touched by A Civil Contract.
2. How to you like your heroes and heroines to be? What can you tell us about the characters in your new release?
JA: I like them to have histories and family connections so that their reactions to occurrences in the plot have some depth. I like them to be strong, able to bounce back from adversity, and kind. In Once Again a Bride, the heroine Charlotte has been sorely tested by her marriage to an old man who disdains her. She has to find a way back to the joy in life. Alec, the hero, has a load of responsibilities, which have made him maybe a little too serious. He has to find a way to let down his guard. Lucy and Ethan, their respective servants, also have familial issues that complicate their love story.
3. Please tell us five fun facts about Once Again a Bride that readers would love to know!
JA: 1) One of the heroine’s inspirations for change is an alley cat.
2)The servants save the day during a protest march.
3) At the end of his rope, the hero gets drunk with his footman.
4) The storyline reminded one reader of Downton Abbey.
5) Its original title was The Widow Wylde.
4. If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read your novel, which scene would it be?
JA: It’s hard to choose just one! Perhaps the moment when Alec arrives at his unpleasant old uncle’s house, after the man’s murder, and discovers the gorgeous young widow. Since Alec has only just learned that his uncle was even married, and the widow he imagined was a radically different creature, he’s flabbergasted. Charlotte, the widow in question, is also amazed. Her wretched husband never mentioned any family. Now here’s another male Wylde in her face. She’s not about to be tyrannized over again.
5. In your opinion, what is timeless about historical romances?
JA: People fall in love. The cultures and circumstances change, and how they can/will deal with the experience differs. But the emotion is universal.
6. What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
JA: In a great love story the people change and grow through their connection. Their lives become richer, more expansive, and more fulfilling because they are together. I see romance as a story in which the evolution of that connection is the main element.
This or That:
1. Alpha or Beta?
JA: Beta, usually.
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?
3. Debutante or Spinster?
JA: Both can be fascinating characters.
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby?
JA: Considering my latest book, have to say virgin widow.
5. Titled peer or Working man?
JA: I admit I have a weakness for a lord.
6. Love at first sight or Second chances?
JA: Second chances.
7. City or country?
JA: Best of both worlds, a place with some trees and flowers near a city.
8. Writing or Reading?
9. Plotter or Pantser?
JA: A pantser with a lot of notes on scraps of paper.
10. Your turn to ask a question!
JA: What makes a romance unforgettable for you?
Thanks for having me. I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in May. Hope I’ll see you there!
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information, please visit www.janeashford.com.
She couldn’t be more alone…
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home… Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.
He could be her only hope…or her next victim…
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