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Hi, everyone! Today I’m very excited to post an interview with fabulous author Vanessa Kelly. Vanessa has a wonderful new book out–just look how awesome:
Now on to interview fun!
1. What inspires you?
I spent several years in graduate school studying women writers of the Georgian and Regency period. Many authors like Fanny Burney and Maria Edgeworth were the popular novelists of their day. They wrote some truly fantastic, page-turning books, sometimes under very difficult circumstances. Most of these authors are no longer familiar to us, which is such a shame. Women like Burney and Edgeworth, and Eliza Haywood helped to create the novel as we know it today. Studying their lives and work was very inspiring.
I was also totally inspired by my reading as a teenager, which included Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer, and Victoria Holt. Those gals wrote damn fine books! Who wouldn’t want to be like them?
2. What is the best part of the writing life?
Finishing a book. Seriously, I am such a slacker. I don’t find writing to be an easy process, so I’m always profoundly grateful when the book is in the can. And it is totally awesome to see your book in the bookstore. I’ll never get over the thrill of that.
The second best part of the writing life is that it gives me an excuse to drink coffee.
3. Okay, flip it. What is your least favorite part of the writing life? What do you dread?
I dread having to come up with ideas for my next book. Some of my friends are idea factories when it comes to thinking up new projects. I have to pull them piece by agonizing piece out of my brain. Fortunately, my husband and my critique partners are very creative, so they help me thrash out the ideas that eventually form the basis of my plots.
4. What’s the best book you’ve ever read—why?
Hmmm. I guess I’d have to distinguish between the best book I’ve ever read and my favorite book – or books. I don’t think I could pick just one. I think the best book I ever read was Moby Dick. Melville’s command of the English language, the epic sweep of the novel, the bizarre but fascinating elements that make up the story, and the wonderful characterizations all knocked me over when I first read it. Back in grad school, I adored everything I ever read by Melville. Unparalleled awesomeness!
My favorite book? Actually, I think I would have to list two. The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, and Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase. For me, they epitomize everything wonderful about Regency romance which is, of course, my favorite genre!
5. Tell us about your current release. How did you come up with the premise for this story? Did you plot the book out from the beginning or did you let the story lead you?
I actually have one book that just came out, and one book soon to be released. My Regency-set historical romance, SEX AND THE SINGLE EARL, came out in the beginning of May. It’s the second book in my series, which started with MASTERING THE MARQUESS. It’s a friends-to-lovers story which takes place in Bath, England. Sophie was a really fun heroine to write, especially since she keeps my hero, Simon, running in circles throughout the book. And, yes, I plotted the book out from the beginning. I find it much easier to write when I have a game plan.
The other book I have coming out is called CADDYGIRLS, and it’s a contemporary romance I wrote with my husband under the pen name of VK Sykes. It’s being released by Carina Press, which is Harlequin’s new digital imprint. I’m so thrilled to be part of the first wave of authors for Carina, who I think is going to take the publishing world by storm.
6. What’s one piece of advice that you would like to give to aspiring authors?
Educate yourself on the business of writing romance. Join the Romance Writers of America, and follow some good agents and editors on their blogs or on Twitter. It’s a jungle out there, and the more you know the likelier your chances of success. Oh, and write lots. The more you write, the more accomplished your writing becomes.
7. Any other wisdom you’d like to share!
Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take the business of writing seriously. I find that’s a good combo for keeping my sanity intact. At least I think it’s intact!
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