[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Alison Stuart] Wife, mother organiser, colonial, traveller,
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Lord Somerton’s Heir?
[Alison Stuart] Lord Somerton’s Heir is my first venture into the Regency historical romance but like my other historical stories, it’s more a cross genre novel with shades of a mystery to be solved. The widowed Isabel, Lady Somerton has endured an unhappy marriage and finding the heir to her husband’s neglected estate is the door to her freedom. Sebastian Alder had never dreamed he was anything more than a penniless army captain facing a dire future on half pay with two younger siblings to support. Becoming Lord Somerton is a poison chalice. Not only is the estate in a parless situation but there are doubts about the manner of his cousin’s death, with suspicion falling on his cousin’s widow, Isabel, a woman to whom he has a growing attraction.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Alison Stuart] I love writing secondary characters and some of my favourite scenes involve Sebastian’s batman, Bennet, but when it comes to Sebastian and Isabel, I cried buckets over the scene in the graveyard where Sebastian finally reveals his own dark secret to Isabel.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Alison Stuart] Writing a story set in the Regency. I love all periods of history but I have steered clear of this period because there are so many fabulous authors who know it so much more intimately than I do. However the story wanted to be told and if there are glaring historical inaccuracies, I apologise profusely and hope the threads of the story itself carry the reader over the wrong twist of a fan!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Alison Stuart] These days, it is my iPad. I am joined at the hip to this machine! It travels everywhere with me and has my life on it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Alison Stuart] A cat (I have attached a photograph of my desk with the omnipresent Oliver Kat), a small figurine of an English Civil War soldier (my writing talisman) and a half drunk cup of coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Alison Stuart] The Duchess of Cambridge… only because I covet her wardrobe (and her figure)!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Alison Stuart] Invisibility… so I could disappear when someone wants something from me!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Alison Stuart] I am a horrendously slow reader (which is why I could never be a good reviewer!). These are my most recent.
· I am working my way through Elizabeth Peters, Amelia Peabody series (historical mystery). I have read them all before but this time I am reading them in order.
· Some wonderful young adult books by my friend Ebony McKenna – Summer of Shambles and The Autumn Palace
· I am currently reading (particularly slowly because it is a book to be savoured like fine wine) THE OLD WAYS by Robert McKee, a lyrical exploration of ancient paths and byways. Sounds deadly but it is so beautifully written.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Alison Stuart] I love connecting with readers so you can find me… just about everywhere there is to find me!
Website: Alison Stuart – Writer http://www.alisonstuart.com
Blog: Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company: www.alisonstuart.blogspot.com
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Twitter: @AlisonStuart14: https://twitter.com/AlisonStuart14
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Goodreads: Alison Stuart: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4636079.Alison_Stuart
Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?
From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams — only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.
Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. Except, her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless, but once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.
But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?