Who knew living with an earl…
…would lead to such temptation?
Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…
1. When and where do you prefer to write? Do you have a certain ritual?
I work full time, so my writing has to be fitted into evenings and weekends. I have a desk in my bedroom, by the window. I love the natural light and the views over the town towards the mountain. I use notebooks to scribble down ideas as they come to me, and I also type names, descriptions, dates etc into a reference document for each book – it helps keep everything straight! I’ve always used word, but for my next book I’m trying software called Scrivener. I quite like it so far.
2. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Generally it’s a glass of water and some chocolate biscuits – writing is not good for the waistline!
3. What is your favourite book?
I love Georgette Heyer’s Regency and Georgian books, and the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurtz and Raymond E Feist. I loved Sheri S Tepper, and the first couple of Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. If you force me to choose just one book, I’d say Frederica by Georgette Heyer – though my answer may be different the next time you ask me!
4. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I love writing about love, and I love the assurance of a happy ending, so for me, Romance is the only thing that inspires me right now. Within romance there are lots of sub-genres though. Regencies are my favourite, but I’m currently working on a love story set in Ireland in the 1980s. Who knows where I’ll go with it, but I’m really enjoying writing it!
5. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not really. And yet, every character I write is a mix of everyone I’ve ever known. I do carefully resist the temptation to write about real people in that way, although situations between people often trigger plot ideas.
6. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes, I have a small Mills & Boon notebook that lives in my handbag. They gave us all one at the party in London last year. It’s filling up with ideas, scribbles, and lists – all book related.
7. Which genre do you not like at all?
The hard end of sci-fi – the ones which are all about clever ideas and don’t have any warm, relatable characters. Or at least that’s how they come across to me. Also horror. I only can cope with characters in danger if I know there’ll be a happy ending. The real world is hard enough without having to live a nightmare through reading.
8. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
That’s a tough one. There are lots of writers whom I admire, but it’s hard to co-write. A bunch of us wrote a gothic short story a year ago and it was hard to coordinate everything. Great fun, though! We’re all historical writers from the Unlaced Historical Romance group, and we support each other through thick and thin!
I’m also currently working on a novella which will be out in April – it’s an anthology with five other Regency writers. The theme is ‘A Second Chance at love’ and features heroines who are a little older than the debutantes we often write about.
9. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Having written about Brussels and the Battle of Waterloo (in The Captain’s Disgraced Lady) I’d love to visit the city and the battlefield. All wars are tragic, and the loss of life in this encounter was shocking, even at the time. I loved researching the battle from the perspective of the families left behind in Brussels, wondering if their loved ones would survive the battle. It is powerful, poignant stuff, and some day I hope to visit the area to better appreciate and honour all they went through.
Thank you, Catherine Tinley and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.
After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at www.catherinetinley.com , as well as www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter and @CatherineTinley on twitter.
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