Pride meets prejudice – can love blossom?
Beautiful young widow, Lady Eliza Wyndham, is determined never to remarry after a disastrous first marriage. The undeniable attraction that fizzes between her and Major Nathaniel Overton terrifies her. She rejects his advances.
With his pride badly dented, Nat vows to forget Eliza until he finds her in danger from an old adversary of his army days. His protective instincts are stirred and he steps back into her life, but will Eliza be prepared to accept his help?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m not very organised but if I have a favourite time it’s the hour or two after lunch. I seem to be wider awake then. If I’m well into writing mode I will fit some writing in whenever I have time.
If I’m drafting out a plan or some character ideas, I will often do that in a notebook in the living room. I’ll try scribbling down a scene that way too sometimes. Especially when I’m stuck. Most of the time it’s the desktop in the study, which can get tricky if our cat is awake. He likes to “help”.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really. Although, if I’m trying to finish a first draft, I’ll be a bit more organised.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I like to stop and make a tea or coffee every now and then so as not to sit too long over the computer without stretching a few muscles. Chocolate is very good for writing I find!
– What is your favourite book?
It has to be Pride and Prejudice. I’ve watched the Colin Firth BBC version so many times.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’m working on some contemporary cosy crime at the minute with my sister.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I never knowingly do this but I suppose it’s inevitable that my characters traits will be influenced by my own experiences.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
It depends. Back in the day when I quite often travelled by train I always tried to. One of the scenes in this book was written on the train to London for a Christmas shopping trip with family.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror and anything sad. I do like a happy ending, although that can mean a crime solved in a cosy mystery.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’m already attempting that with my sister. If I had the chance to work with a famous author Julia Quinn would be interesting. Her books are so witty.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Not foreign but I would love to go to Scotland, Edinburgh in particular, to research the background of the hero of book four in the Reluctant Brides series. The heroine of that book is Grace, who pops up in this first book of the series.
Thank you, Josie Bonham and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.
Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.