The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome historical romance author Theresa Romain. Theresa’s upcoming release is It Takes Two to Tangle. Keep reading to find out how to win an advance copy!
Shana: Welcome, Theresa. Tell us about It Takes Two to Tangle. It features a wounded and battle weary hero. I could seriously swoon.
Theresa Romain: Thanks so much for hosting me, Shana! It’s great to join you and the other Jaunties today.
There’s something fascinating about those wounded heroes, isn’t there? Though as I wrote the character of Henry, he surprised me, because he’s a pretty optimistic guy. He does have his dark moments: what we’d call survivor guilt, and coping with a newly paralyzed arm. But he’s determined to sort out a peacetime life, and he has a happily married brother (and a matchmaking sister-in-law) from whom he draws a lot of comfort.
And then there’s the heroine, Frances, who makes him laugh. The importance of a good laugh cannot be overstated.
Shana: From the excerpt I read on your website it seems as though Henry is an artist, a painter. Why did you choose that as a hobby for him?
Theresa Romain: I liked the idea of a hero who defended his country because he thought it was the right thing to do, but who also had a peacetime interest that was important to him. Henry thought of himself as an artist long before he considered himself a soldier.
You’d think this would help his postwar transition easier, but no, that would be too easy. When he’s injured, he can’t revisit that old dream of being an artist. So he feels as though he loses his artist self and soldier self at once. It takes time—and the love of a good woman, of course!—to help him figure out how he can rebuild his life.
Shana: Did you always want to be an author? Why did you choose to write historical romance, and why the Regency period?
Theresa Romain: I never thought of myself as a writer until I after I had written my first book (an academic biography). When it was done, I realized that I missed writing and wanted to keep on with it. Without any other nonfiction ideas up my sleeve, I decided to write what I loved to read for fun: historical romance. I might be a wee bit compulsive, because this was shortly before my daughter was born. Great time to start writing a new book, right?
As for why I set my stories in the Regency, the answer starts with Jane Austen. Her books were the some of the first romances I ever read. I’m fascinated by the contrasts of that time period. The social world was so regimented, completely different from the way we live today. Playing off those expectations and boundaries is all part of the fun for a historical romance writer.
Shana: Like Robyn and me, you have a young daughter. How do you manage your time to fit in being a mom and being an author?
Theresa Romain: Day care. Really, that’s my secret! I have another job too, and while I’m fortunate to work from home, I need uninterrupted work time to meet all my deadlines. That way, when Little Miss R is home with me, I focus on her (and answer questions almost constantly—she’s at That Age).
I squish in work at other random times too, like when my husband takes our daughter on an errand or if he puts her to bed in the evening. He’s really supportive of my writing—so I guess that’s my second secret. J
Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.
Theresa Romain: Thanks for asking! IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE (September 2013) is the first book in a new trilogy. The second, TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS, will be released in May 2014. My agent called the hero “a Regency mad scientist,” which I think is a pretty great description.
But I’ve got another book out before then: SEASON FOR SCANDAL, a holiday historical romance, is out this October. For the first time, I married off my hero and heroine at the beginning of the story, and theirs is a marriage of convenience/marriage in trouble romance.
So this fall, I’ve got two books in two series out in two months. I’m very excited about that, though I admit my head is spinning a little!
Readers, now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite type of hero—wounded soldier, witty dandy, charming rake, arrogant duke, or another altogether? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win an advance copy of It Takes Two to Tangle. This giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be announced and contacted Sunday.
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. This September, she’ll begin a new historical romance trilogy with IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE. In October, her third holiday historical romance—SEASON FOR SCANDAL—will be released.
It Takes Two To Tangle
WOOING THE WRONG WOMAN…
Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…
IS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE…
Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…