What does a Starbuck’s barrista have to do with this superhero sequel? Read on and find out more…
All good superhero stories, have a sequel–something else happens after his first foe is vanquished. How does your sequel begin (after the publication of you first/most recent book….)
The sequel to La Contessa and The Marquis, which is available now at Amazon, is tentatively titled The Earl’s Queen. It will, if things go as planned, release during the summer. Of course, it would help if I write the book but I’ve got plenty of time. This book will feature a secondary character from the first book Lord Fuller, Earl of Wyatt. He will have to solve a murder when he visits one of his minor estates. I’m sorry but that’s all I can say about the story so not to give away too much. Of course being a regency cozy mystery there will be sweet romance mixed in as well.
All superheroes have their mild-mannered secret identity. How has yours grown and changed since you started life as a superhero?
For the past several years I’ve been under pressure because of contracted books. Now that the last one is released I’m able to sit back, relax and not rush to get a story done. This has been the best thing going for me. Now I’m writing one book at a time and either submitting it to a publisher or releasing it myself, as I do with the Markson Regency Mystery series.
Do you have any sidekicks or a new superhero team member? What are their superpowers?
Sorry no sidekicks, not even a comical one. But, I do have two totally awesome team members. The first is my editor for my self-published series and the other the cover artist for them. As a matter of fact my cover artist is so great I was able to have her do the cover for La Contessa and The Marquis.
Have your superpowers grown and changed since your last adventure?
I believe my powers have gotten better with my writing. I’m much more careful and do extensive research into the stories now. Only when I’m happy with what I’ve learned do I start writing. Granted there might be an occasion when I need to hunt something down on the internet but being a panster that’s to be expected.
What new supervillain have you faced on your latest project and how did you vanquish it?
Try dealing with a demented father who is broke, or close to it, and will stop at nothing to get funds-even murder. It was interesting on figuring out a way to remove him, while keeping him alive and safe. However, even though the man is sent to a far off island there’s nothing to say he might not make a guest appearance in a future book.
What new lessons have you learned during this new adventure?
That mistakes can and will be made. Also, not everyone will like your books.
What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
It happened back in June, I think, when I was scrolling through a social media site and saw a post from my friend Opal Campbell. She had announced that she was heading up a new imprint TouchPoint Romance for TouchPoint Press and was hunting out top notch authors. I commented a congratulations on the job.
In the past when I’ve made this kind of an offer I never heard back from the publisher or their representative but here I did immediately in a one word answer-YES and it was in all caps. She then went on to tell me she wanted one of my regency mysteries. Needless to say I told her I would send her one, when it was written. Opal and I have known each other for several year so she knows my style and I love writing sweet stories.
I had the name of the heroine for a regency cozy mystery but as of yet no storyline so now I had to come up with one. After finishing the regency I was writing I started brainstorming ideas and finally came up with the perfect one; an Italian countess who was running for her life from her father.
To make a long story short, which is hard for a writer, I was contracted in September.
If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?
I wouldn’t do anything differently except maybe use my tablet instead of my smartphone to talk with the acquisition editor. Either that or call the person if I have their phone number.
Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.
La Contessa and The Marquis all started when I was given my daily Starbucks by the barista named Bianca. In all the regencies I’ve read I never came across one with an Italian heroine. With this name I knew I had something which would be different. What makes it even more interesting, her godmother and the heroes godmother are one and the same. To learn more read the blurb below then get the book to find out what happens.
What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?
For TouchPoint Romance two more books, The Earl’s Queen, and another yet untitled book. I’m also going to have several more of my self-published regency mysteries releasing this year with the next one in February. Then there’s two more for another publisher.
Yes, I’m going to be a little busy in 2015 but I’m looking forward to it.
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