Megan Mulry visited the virtual offices to chat about her book, A Royal Pain. Please give her a warm welcome.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Megan Mulry] Writer. Mother. Wife. Love British hotels; French food; Swiss chocolate & tennis players; Italian clothes. Renaissance humanist. Optimist.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Royal Pain?
[Megan Mulry] It’s the story of a strong-willed, independent American woman who unwittingly falls for a British duke. She’s obsessed with British culture, but the reality turns out to be more than she bargained for.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Megan Mulry] I was totally immersed in reading Regency romances, and then I decided it would be cool to put a lot of the Regency elements into a contemporary setting (balls, royalty, British high society). The characters came out of that idea–how would a modern, accomplished American woman integrate into that world? What would a modern duke be like? It all sort of came together from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Bronte?
[Megan Mulry] Feisty. Eager. Loving.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three activities would Max never engage in?
[Megan Mulry] Gossip. Shouting. Moral ambiguity.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Max had a theme song, what would it be?
[Megan Mulry] "I’ll stop the world and melt with you"
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the one accessory Bronte won’t leave the house without?
[Megan Mulry] Love this…her obnoxiously large purse, of course.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Megan Mulry] Other writers. Lately I am reading as many vintage Harlequin Presents as I can get my hands on (Violet Winspear, Anne Hampsen, Anne Mather). These books are incredible examples of how to pare down plot and character to pure emotion.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Megan Mulry] Coffee. MacBook Air. Coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Megan Mulry] Violet Winspear’s Cap Flamingo.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Megan Mulry] Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Megan Mulry] Read. Go to thrift shops. Go to the beach with my family. Go out to dinner with friends. For longer stretches, I love to travel (but I usually end up writing while I’m traveling, so not sure that counts!)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Megan Mulry] Yes please! I have a web page at www.meganmulry.com and then the usual places: I have a WordPress blog, a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, and spend way too much time on Twitter.
Thank you for having me!!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they’re the world’s most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte’s own search for love isn’t going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.
Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she’s certain he’s the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he’s a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities— and challenges— of becoming a royal.