What is it about the Regency time period that most appeals to you?
Reading Regency historical romance is an escape for me. The times were very different then, so there isn’t a lot that reminds me of everyday life. There’s no mention of grocery shopping, dishes to wash, errands to run, or phone calls to make. There are no parent-teacher-student conferences the characters are rushing to after a long day at the office. It’s a nice break from the hectic, modern world. It’s like an adult fairytale in a way.
What I enjoy most about writing Regency is the challenge of building my own world while still trying to make it fit in with what most Regency readers expect. There’s a balancing act of trying to interest readers new to the subgenre without alienating longtime readers of Regency romance. I also enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out how something in the plot can happen given the social, medical, and technological limits of the time period.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
There are many parts that can be hard: writing under a deadline, keeping up with an accelerated release schedule, juggling being a mom/wife/employee/author, revising again and again in a short amount of time, not allowing criticism to get me down, staying healthy when a lot of my day can be spent sitting. But the truth is I still love writing more than any other job I’ve ever had. I know how lucky I am to be able to follow my dream. I don’t take it for granted.
The biggest challenge for me, however, is getting the first draft written. I feel confident I can make a story that’s at least halfway cohesive if I have something to work with, but a blank page is no help at all. The best thing for me to do is keep going unless I get a strong sense the story has veered off in the wrong direction. Then I may need to take a day or two—no longer—to hash it out in my mind before picking the story up again.
About the Author:
Her debut book Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. To learn more about Samantha’s bachelors, visit www.samanthagraceauthor.com. You may also find her on Facebook and Twitter, or blogging with fellow authors at www.ladyscribes.blogspot.com.
Jake broke her heart by leaving for the country after sharing a passionate kiss.
Lady Amelia broke his by marrying his best friend.
When she returns to town a widow – pursued by an infamous rake, Jake’s debauched brother, and just maybe by Jake himself – Lady Amelia will have a mess and a half on her hands.
A sparkling romp through the ton, Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half delivers a witty Regency romance in which misunderstandings abound, reputations are put on the line, and the only thing more exciting than scandal is true love.