Catherine Hemmerling is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about her book, Taming Her Forbidden Earl. Please give her a warm welcome!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Catherine Hemmerling] I am a tall blond woman with a wicked sense of humor and a love of telling stories.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Taming Her Forbidden Earl?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Taming Her Forbidden Earl is a sweet love story wrapped around an intriguing case of smuggling and blackmail. You will meet fun and intelligent characters and one detestable villain. There is danger and conflict; flirting and sexual tension; sarcasm and witty rejoinders … and a couple of meddling mothers. If you are looking for a book that will keep you interested until the very end, this is the one for you!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters
for the story?
[Catherine Hemmerling] The concept is basically Charlie’s Angels meets Jan Austen. I loved the idea of strong intelligent women being the heroes in a time period where most women were seen and not heard. The idea to use an actual historic event as the catalyst for the story was just a way to keep me honest to the time period. No flights of fancy with creative revisionist history, for me. Besides, the best stories always start with a grain of truth, don’t you think?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Hannah?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Smart, pretty, stubborn.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If William had a theme song, what would it be?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Wow, great question! “One is the Loneliest Number” springs to mind immediately. He is so afraid of getting close to people he pushes them away. Eventually (with the help of Hannah) he realizes that life is better with friends, family, and love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Hannah won’t leave the house without.
[Catherine Hemmerling] A book. Much like me!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in William’s pockets?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Lint (there is no way William’s valet would allow such a thing!), a lost wager note (William would never bet if he didn’t intend to win), his hands (William would never need to keep himself from fidgeting by sticking his hands in his pockets; more likely he would have his arms crossed and eyebrow raised).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is William’s greatest regret?
[Catherine Hemmerling] His estranged relationship with his brother.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Interpersonal relationships. I love to observe those around me. What makes people laugh, cry, empathize, or vilify? Learning these things and building my characters from real emotions and reactions allows me (and hopefully you readers) to identify with what my characters say and do. I am also inspired by history, nature, great literature, and the laughter of children.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Catherine Hemmerling] Diet Dr. Pepper, silence, something to write with (pen/paper, computer, typewriter, etc.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Catherine Hemmerling] I was pleasantly surprised by the Hunger Games trilogy. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Catherine Hemmerling] The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Catherine Hemmerling] I have recently begun dating again and am really enjoying it. I also like to design jewelry, paint, knit, and play Words with Friends (a game you might think I would excel at … you would be sadly mistaken, but I keep trying!).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Catherine Hemmerling] The easiest way to connect with me is through my website, www.catherinehemmerling.com or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from my readers and will happily respond to any question or comment.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.
Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.
Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?