Letting down her guard…
Might save her life…
With their family name in tatters, Katherine Leofric and her sister are headed for a new life at their brother’s estate. They are escorted by the hardened Jarin, Earl of Borwyn, whom Katherine believes is only after her dowry! Then her sister is abducted on their treacherous journey, and Katherine must rely on Jarin’s protection. Now, seeing a different side to the man she’s sworn to hate, it’s her heart that’s most at risk!
Thank you so much for these questions. I’ve had a great time thinking over my answers.
- Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
I’m afraid I’ve never read comic books or graphic novels but I’d be really interested in trying some if anyone has any recommendations.
- Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
I asked my parents this and they both claim it comes from them. They do both like to read but I don’t know anyone in my family who is quite as obsessed with reading as I am. I’m quite hopeful that my daughter is following in my footsteps as she’s started taking herself off to a quiet place to read. She’s only eleven though so we shall have to see what the next few years bring.
- When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
I once had a horrible experience at the Job Centre. The man I went to see made me feel so small and I would imagine I’m not the first person he’s made feel that way. I have thought about putting him in a book but as I write medieval history he doesn’t quite fit J.
Otherwise I don’t tend to do it. My characters have to live with me almost constantly for the best part of a year, even the minor ones. I have to like them or at least find some redeeming qualities in them. I try and avoid basing my characters on real people because I think it might be a bit weird to have them in my headspace for so long.
- How do you come up with the names for your characters?
It’s always a different method. When I started my debut for Mills and Boon I didn’t have a series in mind. I needed my hero to have two sisters in order to drive the plot forward so I looked at a list of names popular for the time period and chose Katherine and Linota, having no intention of writing about them.
I picked Katherine after my lovely friend, Kate, who sadly passed away, aged only thirty-eight. Katherine Leofric is nothing like my friend in looks or personality. She appears only briefly in The Warrior Knight and the Widow but she made me laugh as she badly tries to embroider something. That brief encounter made me want to write about her and that’s when the idea for Under the Warrior’s Protection started to formulate.
Linota Leofric’s story is due out in March 2021. I picked Linota because it closely resembled my mother’s name, Linda. Linota is also nothing like her namesake!
- Do write other things beside books (and shopping lists;) )?
I do! I’m the editor of the Romantic Novelists Association’s (RNA) magazine, Romance Matters. The magazine comes out four times a year, although the deadline for articles seems to come around much quicker than that!
It’s a volunteer role and I absolutely love it. Through my work I’ve met so many different authors and been lucky enough to discuss many varied aspects of the writing process with them.
I also work as a Literary Support Officer at a local comp, which involves a lot of writing. This time, though, a lot of the writing has to be deliberately wrong e.g. whats wrong with this sentence. I’m looking for pupils to be able to spot my mistakes. It’s a fascinating job and allows me to talk about reading and writing pretty much all the time.
If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d have a contract with Mills and Boon, I’d be the editor of a magazine I really admire and that I’d be working with kids developing their reading and writing skills, I would not have believed it. I’m a very lucky lady.
- If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I would be deliriously happy if anyone wanted to make a movie out of my novels in whatever way they wanted. To see the opening credits to a film with the words ‘Based on a novel by Ella Matthews’ would be out-of-this-world amazing.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
This is such an interesting question! There are so many people I would love to interview and I’ve had a really hard time narrowing it down to one person.
If time and space were no object it would be useful to be able to interview Edwards III as I’m putting together the idea for a series based around his reign. There’s a particular time period in which I’d really like to know what he was doing. Having said that, if nobody else knows then I guess I can make it up and that’s helpful in itself.
There are hundreds of authors I’d like to speak to but I’m hoping that, through my work on Romance Matters, I can make some of that happen.
I’d particularly like to interview writers who create and sustain long-running TV series e.g. Friends or Battlestar Galactica. I’m fascinated to know how they manage to create storylines than run over years.
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
If I’ve got a writing question I head to the RNA group-chat. It’s a fabulously supportive organisation and someone there will always have an answer to whatever question you have (or be able to point you in the right direction).
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
I always discuss dilemmas, of any kind, with my husband. I’m not always convinced he’s listening to me and not thinking about his next DIY project but he’s a good sounding-board. Normally just talking it through helps me figure out what I’m going to do next.
- What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
I think a review explaining what a reader liked or disliked about a novel is more important than starred ratings, even if those explanations can sometimes be very tough to read.
Thank you very much for having me on your blog!.
Thank you, Ella Matthews and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).