Q: How did you get started in writing your latest novel, My Kind of Earl?
It all started with the idea of writing a “Tarzan in London” story. For that, I needed an untamed hero who’d learned to survive in the wild, seedier side of London. And, of course, a hero who had no idea that he could be the lost heir. Lucky for me, I happened to have a character like that just lying around. Well… okay, I might have been hoping for a chance to write his story when I wrote a few lines about the mysterious “Raven” in The Rogue to Ruin. But that was only wishful thinking at the time.
The true beginning came from a chance encounter with a few dozen readers at Avon’s KissCon Chicago in 2019. In a panel discussion on fairytales, I mentioned the idea of “Tarzan in London” and received a lovely, collective “oooh” from the audience. Encouraged by this, I
shamelessly begged suggested that they pester tell my editor about their desire to read such a story.
As you might have guessed, it worked! I wrote My Kind of Earl to share my heart with the readers who selflessly shared theirs with me.
Q: Describe the writing process for a historical romance novel.
I have to admit, I don’t always have the same process for each book. Sometimes, I’ll unearth an unexpected historical factoid-gem while researching another book. Other times, I’ll have the perfect characters suddenly spring to life in a random thought. They’ll need a story and a happily ever after, set inside the ideal historical frame. From that point on, it’s all about filling up a lovely blank page with different configurations of 26 letters.
Q: Was it difficult in creating a character like Jane Pickerington?
Not really. I think Jane is relatable. She’s curious. She likes to solve puzzles. She wants to protect the people she loves from the same heartbreak she endured. And, like most people, she sometimes makes mistakes… like the time she singed off her left eyebrow, or when she accidentally started a brawl in a brothel and then turned the hero pink. At least her heart was in the right place. Of course, the hero wasn’t quite as forgiving.
Q: How would you describe the heroine and hero’s relationship in My Kind of Earl?
Jane and Raven’s relationship begins as curiosity at first sight. And for the jaded I’ve-seen-it-all Raven, sparking his interest is quite the feat. Then again, he’d never seen a debutante shimmy in through a brothel’s window. After the brawl that followed, along with the entire “pink” episode, he was determined never to see Jane again. And yet, curiosity got the better of him. Animal magnetism did the rest.
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?
My website is www.vivlorret.net and you can find my books at any of the online retailers. Here are the links for My Kind of Earl:
USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of series including the Wallflower Weddings, the Rakes of Fallow Hal, the Season’s Original, the Misadventures in Matchmaking, and the MATING HABITS OF SCOUNDRELS. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @ www.vivlorret.net