interviewed by Caren Crane
Caren: Welcome to the Romance Bandits blog, Anne. We’re very happy to have you visit us! Your newest release, “What Isabella Desires”, from Avon, debuts today. Can you give us a sneak peek at it?
Anne: I'm very happy to be here, Caren! Thank you for having me!
What Isabella Desires (1825) starts as an unrequited love story and morphs into Isabella's battle to take hold of her courage and win Marcus' heart.
Here is a peek at the first two paragraphs of the book:
She watched as he moved through the crowd, his tall, languid grace at odds with the look in his golden eyes, alert and predatory.
Women whispered that Marcus Stewart, Lord Roth, was a fallen angel. With his dark hair and whiskey eyes, his lush lips and artistic hands, she had never believed otherwise.
Caren: I understand this book reunites characters from "Masquerading the Marquess" and "Daring the Duke". How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Anne: I've had the idea for Marcus' book (Lord Roth) since I wrote Masquerading. I seeded a few clues about his personal issues in Masquerading that I was hoping to use in a future book for him. The end of Masquerading really rolled into the plot for Daring though, so I wrote that one next. Then my editor at the time thought I should take a break in the series, and write a few other books first to keep things fresh, and I'm very happy that I followed her advice. It's amazing the things you learn from book to book. But it has been hard biding my time
to write his story. :)
Caren: Isabella seems like a very different sort of Regency heroine. Well-bred young Regency misses do not generally seek "adventures" with gentlemen of their acquaintance. What motivates Isabella?
Anne: When it became apparent during her three years on the mart that Marcus would never offer for her, Isabella married a friend, hoping for a happy life full of children and love - even if it was more of a friendship love than anything else. Her marriage was quiet and kind, but her husband was sickly towards the end and they were not blessed with little ones. Two years after the death of her husband, she is still friends with Marcus and in his inner circle. Tired of being viewed as his kid sister, she takes her courage in hand, storms the after season circuit and dares Marcus to look at her as anything other than a woman.
Caren: You are known for having an element of mystery in your romances. Does "What Isabella Desires" have a mystery element?
Anne: Yes. :) Marcus is a powerful politician and a behind the scenes kind of man. He is very active in the government and the more seedy side of life that sometimes informs it. Due to the nature of his secret he lives life on the edge. His work gets tangled up with Isabella, and when she is seen as his weak spot, she becomes the target of a mad man.
Caren: You also have a wonderful cartoon trailer for this book. How did the cartoon trailer come about? Who does them for you?
Anne: I made the trailer myself. :) I commissioned five caricatures from descriptions in my first book, Masquerading the Marquess (the heroine is a caricaturist), when that book was released. Taking the characters from those caricatures and making all kinds of creations with them has been endlessly fun. I taught myself Flash and voila! Cartoon time. :)
Caren: What other works do you have in the pipeline at Avon? Any plans to branch out to different subgenres or try something new and different?
Anne: I have another historical with Avon in May 2008 that I'm very excited about. I do love historicals. As to other subgenres, I'd like to try Urban Fantasy someday. Wanting more fantasy mixed with romance is partially what spurred the writing bug in me (back before it was readily available) - even though when pen went to paper, a historical emerged. So maybe that says something. :D
Anne (masquerading as Caren, because she's far more clever than I am): Enough writing stuff. What types of toppings do you like on pizza?
Anne (as herself): I am a cheese girl when ordering pizza - the more the better. But when we make pizza from scratch I like to put noodles and broccoli on it. Really! You put the cooked noodles underneath a layer of cheese and it gives the whole thing a fluffy edge -- YUMMY. We use tubular noodles, but I'm sure any would be good. :)
Ok, fess up! Anyone else out there who likes strange pizza toppings? Or if not, any fun foods you've eaten lately that have surprised you? Two lucky commentors will win an autographed copy of either "Daring the Duke" or "The Viscount's Wicked Ways". Good luck!