Monday, April 25, 2016

Interview with Historical Romance Author, Caitlyn Callery

Today, we have the privilege of interviewing historical romance author, Caitlyn Callery. But before we begin the interview, here are 3 interesting facts about the author:

  • I live on the “Regency Route” between Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton.
  • I once worked as a mechanic’s mate and drove heavy goods vehicles.
  • Several times, I drove a van filled with wheelchairs from the UK to Morocco for the charity World In Need.

Who are some of your favorite authors?       
Georgette Heyer, Marguerite Kaye, Lee Child, Peter James, BJ Daniels, Cyrus Keith,

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
When I was 9 years old, the teacher set the class a project of writing a story, a different chapter each week. I was hooked, and couldn’t wait for that class each week. I had written bits before, but that was when I knew I HAD to write.

What 3 words describe you as a person?         
Funny, positive, supportive

What 3 words describe you as a writer?       
descriptive, tense, witty

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?           
I love knitting and crochet, the sea, my grandchildren, Church and helping at the charity, World In Need.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?           
The first story I remember reading was The Little Mermaid. I was enchanted. I wanted to be a mermaid so badly, I wished on every star and even asked Father Christmas for it.

Describe your desk.           
Cluttered. My laptop is in the centre, the notes for my latest work to one side. A tub of screen cleaners so I can always see what I am writing, a penholder that actually holds screwdrivers, a cup of tea, and a big black mark where I had fun refilling my printer.

Who is the main character?          
Luke Fielding and Grace Topping/Thompson

What’s their story?         
Once a lowly clerk, Luke Fielding suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself heir to an earldom. Uncertain about his new role and the changes it has wrought, he does not broadcast his true status when he comes to stay with his brother in Crompton Hadlow. He is attracted to governess Grace Thompson and is saddened to realise that his new status makes her ineligible for him, but soon begins to realise that Grace has secrets of her own, and those secrets have put her in danger.

For the last three years, Grace has been hiding from her cousin, living under an assumed name. Now she has been recognised and threatened with exposure. Luke offers to help her but as they stave off the threat posed by her cousin, she finds she faces a greater danger: losing her heart to a man she cannot have.

Where/when does the story take place?          
Crompton Hadlow, Sussex, England, in late 1817.

How did the story come to you?           
I was reading a book about a Duke who fell for a governess and I got cross because, in the time it was set, the marriage could not and would not have been accepted by either his class or hers. Without social acceptance, it was doomed.
While I am happy with a little poetic licence in historical novels, such glaringly obvious errors spoil the story for me.

It got me thinking about how such a match could become acceptable to a society where class was rigidly observed, and Grace’s story arrived. Then I realised she would need a hero who would interact with her when she was a governess, and at the same time, be eligible to marry a baron’s daughter. So Luke’s story came into being.

Who is your target audience?           
Anyone who enjoys reading historical romances.

What makes your book different from other similar ones?          
In some romance novels, the hero and heroine are well drawn but other characters and their stories are less defined. Coming from a play writing background, I am used to trying to make each character real, and each sub plot count. I hope I bring that to my novel, and by doing so, give the reader a more fulfilling read. 

What do your fans mean to you?          
Everything. Without them, the work would die.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?           
Everywhere. A conversation, a line in a song, a newspaper story. Things just jump out at me and demand to be written about.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?           
Try to write every day, even if it’s only a couple of sentences.
Write things down when they occur to you, even on scraps of paper, because you will forget them later.
And take no notice of people who tell you to stop writing and find something useful to do instead.

 Books by Caitlyn Callery

Will, Viscount Hadlow, inherited his title along with a rundown estate and crippling debts. He refuses to marry until he can support a wife, despite his growing attraction to his neighbour, Ella. Ella cherishes her independence and has sworn never to marry at all, but her feelings for Will test her resolve.
Then a series of near misses convince them that Ella is in mortal danger. Will vows to protect her from her unknown enemy. But who will protect Ella from Will? Or, for that matter, from herself?
Getting rid of blood stains is easy. One hundred and seventy pounds of dead husband is more of a problem.
They’re both hiding in plain sight. Can they find each other?

 To read excerpts and find vendor links, please visit CAITLYN CALLERY

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