Susanna Fraser dropped by the virtual offices today to chat about her new book, The Infamous Marriage. Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of The Infamous Marriage and a gift certificate after reading the interview!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Susanna Fraser] Total history geek. Love books, cooking, singing (alto), baseball (Mariners), football (Auburn), Nathan Fillion, and the Duke of Wellington.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about An Infamous Marriage?
[Susanna Fraser] Gladly! It’s the story of a couple who on the surface seem terribly ill-suited–a plain young woman who’s barely traveled 50 miles from her birthplace in her 25 years of life and a dashing, handsome womanizer of an army officer who loves his varied, world-roving profession. And yet they get married the week they meet, because she’s his best friend’s impoverished widow, desperately in need of a home, while he’s equally in need of a caretaker for his ailing mother during his long absences serving king and country. Then, when he comes home in 1815 after a 5-year separation, they have to figure out how to make the best of each other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Susanna Fraser] As we all know from multiple real-life examples, powerful men often make horrible husbands. Specifically, Regency England’s greatest military and naval figures, Wellington and Nelson, both made their wives miserable. Despite how much I admire the gentlemen, I can’t help but pity Lady Nelson and the Duchess of Wellington. So I decided to take the vicarious revenge of creating a high-ranking officer–Jack starts the story as a lieutenant-colonel and ends as a major-general–marrying him to an outwardly meek and plain woman, and making him discover her hidden depths.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Elizabeth?
[Susanna Fraser] Loyal, persistent, and strong. Though, note that “persistent” can also mean “stubborn,” while “strong” can become “unyielding.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jack had a theme song, what would it be?
[Susanna Fraser] “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Susanna Fraser] I think “inspirations” is a better word than “influences,” but Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jacqueline Carey, Bernard Cornwell, and Patrick O’Brian. And in other media, Joss Whedon–though sometimes he drives me crazy with the most gratuitous character deaths this side of George RR Martin–and Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra fame.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Susanna Fraser] A whiteboard, a notebook, and a computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Susanna Fraser] I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but one that especially stands out is Catching Jordan, by Miranda Kenneally. It’s a YA romance about a girl who happens to be the best high school quarterback in Tennessee, and it perfectly captures the football culture I grew up in. Seattle is my home now, and I’m a happy Pacific Northwest city girl, but I was born and raised in Alabama, and my inner Southerner shows up more during football season than any other time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Susanna Fraser] King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry. I was a horse-crazy child, and my edition of the book had the most beautiful illustrations.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Susanna Fraser] Cook, sing, go to Mariners games, and spend my fall Saturdays watching SEC football. (War Eagle!) Though the way Auburn is playing this year, I haven’t had the heart to tune in as much as normal.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Susanna Fraser] Website: http://www.susannafraser.com/
I’ll be giving one copy of An Infamous Marriage to a commenter on this post in your choice of e-book format, and at the end of the tour I’ll be giving away a grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s Books to one commenter on the tour as a whole. You get one entry per blog tour stop you comment upon, so check out my blog for the whole schedule! If you wish to be entered in the drawing, include your email address formatted as yourname AT yourhost DOT com. [Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can see a list of all of the blogs participating in Susanna’s blog tour by visiting her website here. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win a copy of An Infamous Marriage!
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About the book:
At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.
Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he’s back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her…
Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife’s love may be the greatest battle he’s faced yet.
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