What got you interested publishing Sweet Romance books?
The reader demand was there, and the first book of the His Majesty’s Hounds series just turned out that way. So I continued.
Tell readers a little about the His Majesty's Hounds series.
The series is set in the regency era, between 1814 and 1819. It was originally going to be just six books, one for each of the six men who are the core group of friends that anchor the series. But then their friends and relatives, and other secondary characters, demanded their own books. Now it will be 16, maybe 17 books. The core characters were a team during the war, doing intelligence type work in France and Spain, and became closer than family, due to relying on each other to stay alive. The books deal with their struggles to readjust to civilian life after the war, and find love.
Also, tell readers a little about the Nettlefold Chronicles series.
The Nettlefold Chronicles is a shared world series. Still set in Regency England from 1816 onwards. This series is written by multiple authors. The first 9 stories are currently available in the limited time collection ‘Love, One Regency Summer’. There will be more stories set in and around the town of Upper Nettlefold, from all of the authors involved.
If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?
Probably not…. After all, back then, no decent doctors, no refrigerators, no antibiotics…. You get the idea. The stories we write are an idealised view of the era.
What's your favorite character that you have published and why?
So hard to choose! Of the women, it is probably Sylvia Edgeworth, Viscountess Pendholm, who we first meet in Book 2 of His Majesty’s Hounds, but who is the heroine of book 7 and also seen in a number of the other books. Of the men, although my readers would probably look at me in horror for saying this, I rather like one who is a secondary character throughout the His Majesty’s Hounds series, but will get his own book in Book 15. He is Cecil Carlisle, Baron Setford.
Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?
Not exactly. Although I have done lot of historical recreation, so I have ridden sidesaddle, driven a carriage, made the clothes, cooked the food, etc of the era.
If you had to choose a different career other than publishing, what would it be?
I did that for 30 years – in IT. Now, if I moved away from writing fiction, I would focus more on travel writing, which I already do a little
What is your favorite book that you have ever published and why?
Impossible to choose! Currently, I think that I like the most recent one, ‘The Duke and the Spinster’ best, but who knows how I will feel in a few weeks.
What do you like to do with your time when you're not publishing?
Travel, write more, photography (which I did professionally at one point)
What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?
I do my own book covers, as my background in photography and graphic design means that I enjoy creating them.
What do you have in store for your readers next?
The last few books of His Majesty’s Hounds, more Nettlefold Chronicles, and a new series called ‘A Duke’s Daughters – The Elbury Bouquet’