Welcome to the blog, Jayne! First of all let me start by saying I’m a fan of your books! Let’s start with a basic question, when did you first start reading romance?
Jayne: I started reading books that are considered “romance” by today’sstandards when I was in my twenties. Of course, this was before e-books, so I would read on the bus and get curious looks from anyone who saw the scantily clad models on the cover. I used to make false covers out of wrapping paper and pretend I was reading Dostoevsky. Oh, the snobbery!
In my teens I read classics such as Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Brontes and found those romantic, but I know they’re not officially considered romances now. I was always a voracious reader and English Literature was my favorite subject.
Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that stands out the most for you?
What’s unique about historical romance and why did you decide to write under this sub-genre?
Jayne: I love all genres of romance, but I find historical just fascinating. I’ve always been interested in history so research is never a chore. Being able to sink into another era is like taking a vacation back in time, whether I’m reading or writing.
When it comes to research and the setting of your books, do you weave your story from history, (facts that intrigue you), or think of a story and then insert it into history?
Jayne: For me the characters come first. Frequently they have conversations in my head before I start writing their story and the history comes with that. I’ve never taken a particular happening or real character in the past and written a story around it, but that would be an interesting project.
What makes the hero and heroine in The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne so perfect for one another?
Jayne: They are two flawed people who are at a point in their lives when they’re looking to settle down. James is a rake desperately trying to reform after a huge moment of awakening. Ellie has been working for years to keep her family solvent and she’s ready to “retire” from a life of mischief. They’ve known one another for years and always done battle, but they’re starting to realize that no one else knows them quite so well.
If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read your debut novel, which one would it be?
Jayne: In The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine (Book 1 in the Sydney Dovedale series), Lazarus Kane comes to the village in answer to Sophie’s advertisement for a husband. Under pressure from her haughty brother, Sophie loses her gumption when she meets Lazarus and changes her mind about marriage. But Lazarus isn’t giving up. He leases a farmhouse and holds a party for all the villagers. Sophie’s mischievous aunt forces her to go and Lazarus enjoys his first dance with Sophie. It’s one of my favorite scenes as it’s the point when Sophie realizes she’s met someone as stubborn as herself.
Please tell us five fun facts about the Sydney Dovedale Series that readers would love to know!
Jayne: 1) I grew up listening to my father’s hilarious, and sometimes moving, tales of growing up in the country and I got a lot of my ideas from the things he told us – not sure if they were all true!
2) I have drawn up a layout of the village and know where everyone lives.
3) The name of the village and the farmhouse in which Lazarus lives came from my first completed manuscript (which has never yet been published). It was originally my intention to follow generations in the same village and to write books in every era from medieval to present day.
4) I have a sister who lives in a very old village called Godmanchester, which would once have been very like Sydney Dovedale.
5) The nearby market town, Huntingdon (which is about a half hour amble away) is where I was born and lived for the first ten years of my life. I modeled Morecroft (the nearest town to Sydney Dovedale) on Huntingdon.
What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
Jayne: Two characters that fit so well with each other that you can’t imagine them being with anyone else. I would say “romance” is something that makes you sigh and laugh at the same time. Like chocolate, I don’t believe anyone can feasibly live without it.
Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Her next novel in the Sydney Dovedale regency romance series, Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal, will be in stores in June 2013. For more information, please visit www.jaynefresina.com and check out her blog: http://jaynefresinaromanceauthor.blogspot.com/.
January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
When a Scandalous Lady…
By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters’ matchmaking schemes and dreams up torments for her childhood nemesis—the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good James Hartley. Her latest prank: “winning” the Hartley diamonds in a card game from James’s mistress.
Steals from a Notorious Rake…
James finally has a lead on the thieving Count de Bonneville, tracking him to a disreputable inn. He bursts in on none other than the brazen, irritating, nearly naked Ellie Vyne. Convinced she is the count’s mistress, James decides it’s best to keep his enemies close. Very close. He must get those diamonds back, and seducing Ellie will be the perfect bait.
It Can Only End in a Wicked Wedding…
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