Please give a warm welcome to Sasha Cottman! Sasha is celebrating the release of her debut novel Letter From A Rake.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Sasha Cottman] A feisty geek girl who loves everything from Romance to Robots.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Letter From Rake?
[Sasha Cottman] Letter From a Rake is a Regency Historical Romance about a young man, Alex, who is the Brad Pitt of London society and an awkward, chubby girl, Millie, recently arrived from India who steals his heart.
It is also about a letter which goes astray and the disastrous consequences this has on their budding relationship. There is a lot of humour in the story and if readers have brothers they will relate to some of the things that happen.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sasha Cottman] Millie was a secondary character in another book which I abandoned. She was too strong a character to let go.
Alex is based on a lot of people, but he is the ultimate beta version of an alpha hero. Just when you think Alex has it all sorted, he manages to mess things up.
There were times when I wanted to slap my hero.
It’s hard to think where the concept came from, but the one thing I wanted was to write a story where the hero and heroine had brothers and sisters.
I love reading books where the main characters have family around them and I think a fun Regency read allows that theme.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Millie?
[Sasha Cottman] Intelligent, loyal, funny.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Alex had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sasha Cottman] In the scene when we meet Alex, he is arriving at a ball with his brother David.
The crowd of guests clear a path for them, such is their popularity it reminds me of the video clip for Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Millie is never without.
[Sasha Cottman] A book, she loves to read and has a number of secret naughty books her parents do not know about.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Alex’s study?
[Sasha Cottman] Alex because he is not a big reader.
A mobile phone because they were not invented for another 180 odd years.
Loki from the Avengers, because he is a fictional character and because he is mine!!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Sasha Cottman] Lots of things inspire me. People on the train, things that get said on TV, friends etc.
I often find the best ideas pop into my head when I go for a walk on the beach.
I carry a notebook with me all the time, because things can suddenly leap into your mind and you can’t relax until you get them down on paper. I find I am a giant sponge of ideas, especially when travelling overseas.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sasha Cottman] A huge computer monitor (I’ve just got a 27" one and I am sure you can see it from the moon), chocolate, a tall cup of coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Letter From a Rake?
[Sasha Cottman] The cat. She just does not understand that the keyboard is mine and not for her to sleep on.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Sasha Cottman] I really enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series, I can’t wait for City of Bones to come out as a movie. I love Cassandra Clare’s writing, she really stands out in a crowded paranormal book market.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sasha Cottman] Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I picked this up as a college student and every exam period I would reread it just to relax. I am unashamed LOTR fan.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sasha Cottman] I work full time, so with a young family and a career I have to squeeze writing into my life. I am very organised.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Sasha Cottman] Come say hi on my website. www.sashacottman.com
I have a blog on my site on which I attempt Regency period recipes. (Check out the apple dumpling recipe, really easy and so yummy). www.sashacottman.com/blog
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn’t long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.
When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy’s handsome brother, ‘Alex the Great’ and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.
Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness…
Can Millie and Alex overcome the obstacles in their path to find true love? Or will one miscommunication ruin everything?
You can find Letter from a Rake here:
Also available at Google Play, Readcloud, Angus & Robertson and Booki.sh
You can follow Sasha and find out more about her and her books on her website: http://www.sashacottman.com
Follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashacottman
About the Author
Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.
Five years ago, Sasha accidently enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.