Today, we have a very special guest! Please welcome the multi-talented Jane Ashford to the virtual offices. Jane is celebrating the release of her first book in 10 years and I am absolutely thrilled that she was able to drop by for a chat!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jane] I love learning. I practice kindness. I’m a story junkie and inveterate storyteller.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Once Again a Bride?
[Jane] It’s a double love story. Charlotte Wylde and her maid Lucy Bowman both find their perfect matches after enduring a miserable year in a cold, rigid household.
Charlotte’s father, knowing he was losing his mental faculties, married her off to an acquaintance he thought would keep her safe. Unfortunately, his judgment was flawed, and Henry Wylde cares only about Charlotte’s dowry. He treats her with contempt and allows his servants to do the same. Charlotte is determined to rebel when Henry is murdered in the dark streets of London. She’s freed from the shackles of a horrible marriage, but penniless.
Henry’s nephew Alec is amazed to discover that his unpleasant old uncle left a lovely young widow. He’s drawn to her against his better judgment, and soon embroiled in the tangle his uncle left behind. Alec’s sassy young footman finds Lucy equally entrancing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Charlotte?
[Jane] Determined, sadder and wiser.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Alec is never without.
[Jane] His sense of responsibility.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Alec’s bedroom?
[Jane] Laudanum, handcuffs and his little sister’s fearsome cat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Charlotte’s greatest regret?
[Jane] That she didn’t understand her father’s failing mind more clearly and speak up when he was trying to settle her future.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jane] My aunt gave me Pride and Prejudice for Christmas when I was twelve years old, and I’ve loved Jane Austen ever since. My small town public library gave me Georgette Heyer, an enduring delight. In college, I studied English literature – Beowulf to James Joyce and beyond. I was intimidated for a while by all that greatness. : ) But my longing to tell stories of my own eventually revived.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jane] Well, my Mac laptop. A strong cup of English Breakfast tea. And the sign on the outside of my office door that says “working” and means “interrupt only for real emergencies.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What has changed the most in publishing since you started your career as an author?
[Jane] The proliferation of resources on the Internet and in groups like RWA. There are so many new ways for writers to get stories out there and to interact with readers and each other. It’s become a wonderful community.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How do you feel the romance genre has changed?
[Jane] I think it’s more inclusive, a larger world. There are many more kinds of love stories being told – in terms of protagonists, settings and sensibility.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jane] Folly by Laurie King.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jane] Read, of course! Get together with good friends. I love country walks. I’ve been spending some time in southern California and learning a whole new ecosystem. The blue jays look quite different from their Massachusetts kin! I enjoy going to the movies (the whole experience — popcorn, being part of an audience, previews, as well as the feature).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jane] My website is janeashford.com and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Ashford/154028944714495. I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in May and hope to see lots of people there!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information, please visit www.janeashford.com.
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