Q: What was the first book that you have written and published?
My first book was The Devil’s Love, a Regency-era book about a forced marriage. That book was published in 1997 and is still available today.
Q: Which of your smaller characters did you enjoy creating the most in your new release, The Last Duke Standing?
There are many suitors for the hand of the future queen in this book. I had such a fun time creating men with all the red flags for bad boyfriends I have learned in my life. Not villains, just…all wrong for you.
Q: What are the pros of working as an author?
Working at home when it’s freezing outside. Working at home when it’s blistering hot outside. Freedom to set my own hours. But the biggest pro of working as a writer is getting to create worlds I want to visit every day.
Q: Tell us about your latest release, The Last Duke Standing.
This book is a spin-off of my last series, A Royal Wedding. When Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria is sent to England to learn the ropes of royalty under the tutelage of Queen Victoria herself, she’s also in the market for a proper husband—one fit to marry the future queen of Wesloria. A high-profile matchmaker has been enlisted to help, because at twenty-five years old, the patriarchy does not expect Justine to be able to make such a lofty decision for herself.
Because he knows simply everyone, William, Lord Douglas (the notoriously rakish heir to the Duke of Hamilton seat in Scotland, and decidedly not husband material), is on hand as an escort of sorts. William has been recruited to keep an eye on the royal matchmaker for the Weslorian prime minister, tasked to ensure the princess is matched with a man of quality…and one who will be sympathetic to the prime minister’s views. William and Justine have met before, and the results were not good. But as they are forced to scrutinize an endless parade of the world’s best bachelors, amazingly, they become friends. But as the crowd of potential grooms is steadily culled, it takes the skill of a matchmaker to make them see what is perfectly obvious to everyone around them—William is the last duke standing for Justine’s heart.
Q: How many more books do you have planned for this new series?
There are four books in this series. I’m finishing up the second installment, The Duke Not Taken.
Q: What three words would you use to describe your writing style?
Good question! Witty. Warm. Fun.
Q: Tell us, readers, about your main characters: Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria and William aka Lord Douglas.
Princess Justine has been raised to be a queen. She’s had all the training she needs…but she has a fear of crowds and questions whether or not she can rule as effectively as her father. It’s a lot to think about for a twenty-five-year-old. And when the subject of a husband comes up, it seems that all anyone wants for her is someone who is advantageous to her country. Her desires are an afterthought. William comes from a family that is practically royalty in Scotland, but he’s spent a good bit of his adult life cleaning up his father’s disastrous money management. Because of that, he’s been reluctant to get too involved with anyone, and has been a player. But he’s a bit older now and tired of that scene. He’s resigned to a life of keeping the family from ruin. The last thing he wants to do is babysit a young woman while she searches for a husband.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep at it. It’s like anything you want to be good at—practice makes perfect. You have to write every day to tone that muscle. When the going gets tough—and it will, somewhere in the middle of the manuscript like it does for all of us—your “practice” is to keep going until the end. Finish the book. Then, you can go back and fix what is broken.
Q: What themes can readers find in your latest release, The Last Duke Standing?
The larger theme is that sometimes we think we know what is best for us, but it isn’t until we let go of all our stuff that we can truly know ourselves.
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?
You can find my books wherever books are sold. You can find me at all the usual haunts: