writing Historical Romance
Lovely interview. And I just know Black Hawk will beat out leftover candy as the best thing to devour the day after Halloween!
Hi Anon --Oh wow. I hadn't thought. Black Hawk is coming out on All Saints Day. This has to be good luck, right?
I loved the interview and the conversation, especially the preferences expressed about the age of the h&h. I'm all over the map when it comes to age, which is probably why I love Black Hawk so much. It's thrilling to see a romance progress over 2+ decades.On a partially related note, I keep seeing Pax rolling his eyes at you and saying, "this is a fine mess you've gotten us into, Ollie."
Hi Annie --I've been outlining Pax's story. Now that I've got hold of him I can put him in real trouble.
Hi JoSo, I've been reading that blog with great fascination. I'm really struck by your comment about Adrian building his own conscience, or something like that. We see that in Forbidden Rose, when he doesn't kill; was the moment in Russia where he leaves poor 14 year old Jess with the mess another one? DLSAnd I'm also struck by how clearly you knew Adrian going into Black Hawk. I actually hgave read your regency, and of course Adrian is in there, in a form that's completely compatible with his personality in the other books. When did he really take shape for you? Did you know his history back then?
Hi DLS --Back in Her Ladyship's Companion I had NO idea I'd ever write another book set in the same fictive universe. None.I'm going to admit that I did not originally intend to give Adrian his own book, so I never thought much about making him a 'hero'. I like the theme of spying and having a conscience and doing stuff that's ugly and deadly because it's necessary. And while we see Adrian groping for a soul, We're also looking at Doyle who thinks the boy is worth saving. Adrian's soul is kinda of a community building project.
Yes, I was thinking that orginally about Doyle--in fact, it's part of why he's right for Maggie--he's as innately paternal as she is maternal.I think, anyway.So now I'm really curious--when did you decide Adrian would become a hero? Because, clearly, your many groupies saw him as a hero pretty much from Spymaster's Lady. (G).DLS
Hi DLS --Doyle and Maggie are well matched in that, I think. It's one of the things I tried to do with that book. I think I knew after Spymaster's Lady that I would end up giving Adrian his own book. People kinda suggested this to me.