From shopkeeper… To Duke’s wife
When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realises his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?
When and where do you prefer to write?
Either first thing in the morning or late at night at my dining room table, but at the moment I’m fitting it in whenever and wherever I can thanks to homeschooling. It’s a challenge!
Do you have a certain ritual?
No, but I find it hard to sit down anywhere without a mug of caffeine. One day, if I ever have my own desk (or my dream, an office/library) I’ll have to develop some kind of ritual, but right now, I don’t think I have time!
Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee in the mornings, tea in the afternoons and when I’m nearing the final draft, chocolate truffles. They help me get through reading the same chapter over and over again. Honestly, so much chocolate goes into each book.
What is your favourite book?
That’s an impossible question. Some books I love to read for enjoyment, others mean a lot to me personally and others have changed my perspective on life, but I can’t pick a favourite. Sorry, I know that’s a terrible answer (so maybe Anne of Green Gables for being the first book I truly fell in love with).
Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Definitely. I’d like to write more historical or possibly historical mystery. Hopefully later this year.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Haha, yes! One of the little boys in Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer is based on my son so that book is dedicated to him. There are others, but I probably shouldn’t say.
Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Always. Or post-its, which I then lose or can’t decipher.
Which genre do you not like at all?
Crime, especially violent crime.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Jane Austen. I would just agree to all her ideas and be so sycophantic that she’d probably hate me.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Iceland. I’ve always wanted to go and sit in a thermal spring while looking at ice-capped mountains. Or somewhere in Scandinavia. I like cold places.
Thank you, Jenni Fletcher and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.
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