On New Title
Tuesday Thursday (this week only), you will find books that have been out for less than three months, in all different genres, with all sorts of authors. If you would like to be featured on NTT, use the contact form to let me know.
An Improper Marriage, Heather King
Genre: Regency/Historical Romance
Release date: February 19, 2015
When her stepfather suggests she should marry ironmaster Jeremiah Knight, Eleanor Honeybourne knows a lifetime of dullness awaits her, but at the annual glass-maker’s ball, the discovery of an injured man in a summer-house and an overheard conversation lead her to suspect Mr. Knight is not all that he appears. With both her own and Robert’s life at risk, Eleanor sees only one way out of the fix… and when she meets her childhood hero, she is forced into a situation which could well spell her ruin…
For Charles Ribblesford, meeting again the hoyden who once tagged behind him on his boyish adventures is a revelation. She is now a beautiful young woman who troubles him in an entirely different way. How can he preserve her reputation and keep her safe? What is the family secret behind Knight’s malevolence and why has the man in the summer-house appeared at Sir Thomas Winningham’s house party?
What was the first thing you thought when you saw your published book the first time?
I haven’t actually seen this one yet, as it won’t be released until 19th February, but when I opened the box of Vampires Don’t Drink Coffee… I felt unbelievably excited and overwhelmed. My first ‘proper’ book had arrived. My first thought was hardly original. “Wow, they’re fabulous!”
When did you first decide to call yourself a writer? What prompted the decision?
There are days when I’m still not sure I am a writer! I don’t think it ever was a conscious decision. The idea that perhaps, just maybe, I was a writer, may have crept up on me unannounced when I had a short story accepted for a UK women’s magazine and then somebody said how much they had enjoyed my first Regency novel, A Sense Of The Ridiculous.
What is your best advice for someone just starting their first manuscript?
Write what you are passionate about, something you know or believe in, or a story you would like to read. Write for yourself and don’t expect it to be perfect. Allow the ideas to flow and don’t censor too much on the first draft. Most writers put down the story as quickly as they can and polish later. Others (like me) are more measured and probably do fewer drafts. Do what works for you – and allow yourself to enjoy the experience.
Keep going. Try to write every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. That small something will build into a larger something. Keep believing in what you are doing. If you get stuck, write something else, such as a flash fiction piece or a short story for a competition; scribble a few ideas randomly on a piece of paper – in a circle works well to free the creative process – or bounce ideas off a friend. Join an authors’ group if you haven’t done so already and brainstorm with them over coffee/tea and cake.
Put the manuscript away for a month or so and reward yourself for the effort. This need not be anything big if you are on a tight budget, but it is important to recognize your achievement. Refill the creative stream by enjoying the countryside; visiting somewhere connected with a subject you’re interested in; reading; listening to music or making something, whether that be a cake, a quilted bedspread or a photo collage of your next project. Perhaps write something completely different, such as poetry or an alternative genre. When you return to your manuscript, you will feel refreshed and be able to view it with a fresh perspective.
About the Author
Heather King has made up stories since she was a small child. History lessons at school were never dull and the discovery of Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels in her early teens set her on a lifelong love of that era. A confessed romantic and bookworm, writing gives her a chance to indulge all these passions – and call it work!
She has her own voice, but aims to follow the Regency precepts of witty dialogue, engaging characters and bags of emotion. Visiting her Dark Side as Vandalia Black, she is the author of Vampires Don’t Drink Coffee and Other Stories which includes a novella set in the English Civil War.