Heather Snow is the author of Sweet Enemy, the first installment of her Veiled Seduction series. I love that the heroines are smart and that they are scientists; that got Sweet Enemy added to my wish list without really knowing anything else about it! I asked Heather to stop by the virtual offices and share more about her books and herself.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Heather Snow] Scientist turned writer who enjoys creating chemistry on the page instead of in the lab. Mom to Heir & Spare. Wish I could play the violin.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Sweet Enemy?
[Heather Snow] Absolutely. Sweet Enemy is the first in the Veiled Seduction series, Regency-set historical romances featuring science-savvy heroines with a touch of mystery. A short blurb of the story is:
Beakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when a lady chemist goes undercover as a husband-hunter to investigate the earl whose family she suspects murdered her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the book?
[Heather Snow] I attended an interesting museum exhibit detailing an event that occurred during the Regency period (Sorry to be so vague, but I don’t want to say what exhibit, lest I give away part of the mystery! It is explained in the author’s note when you finish the book). However, I can say that scientists were involved, which started a “What if?” mystery in my mind. I then started to create characters that would fit the story idea I now had. I thought a lot about how I could make my book stand out…how could I twist things to make it fresh and yet still deliver a great story? That’s when I decided to make my heroine the scientist. In most books I’d read, if anyone got to be a scientist-type, it was always the hero. And blast it all, why should the men always get to be the interesting ones? Plus, having a chemistry degree myself, I thought I could lend my voice well to her character.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Heather Snow] Blending mystery and romance…writing a mystery is tough business, but when you combine it into a story where there is not one protagonist, but two, who each have to have their own character arc & growth, plus a romantic story arc all while keeping the points of a mystery moving along—it was tough for me, especially since Sweet Enemy was my first ever attempt at writing. At one point, I thought it was too much for my skills at the time, and tried to pull all of the mystery out and just make it a romance, but I found I hated the story then. So I had to go back and figure out a smarter way to put the mystery back in.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Geoffrey would never have in his pocket?
Chewing gum – it wasn’t sold commercially until 1848 (although Mayans and other early humans chewed other gum-like substances made mainly of tree sap—that would have been awfully sticky in a pocket).
Pocket lint—he had a valet who would have died of shame should something so gauche be found clinging to his employer’s linen
A miniature (a picture) of his mother. They didn’t get along so well…
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think romances are so popular? Why did you decide to write one?
[Heather Snow] Three words: Happily Ever After. Romance novels are the grown-up fairy-tales. They are escapism in the best possible way, sweeping us up into highly emotional stories that engage that part of ourselves that wants to fall in love again. I decided to write romance because romance is a genre that celebrates love, growth, positive emotions and happy endings, and putting more of that into a world where endings are not always so happy, putting more of that hope out there, IS important work.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Heather Snow] This may sound weird, but I love the challenge of writing. I’ve always been a person who is ambitious and pushes myself, and eventually, I hope to be one of the greats. I challenge myself to dig deeply and create stories that are a bit different and highly engaging…and that pushes me to be more creative. If that makes any sense.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
My computer. It sounds obvious, but it’s not—I can’t seem to write without it, not in notebooks (though I can plot in a notebook) and not in my head. Something about pushing the words through my fingers as I type triggers my creativity. I can’t seem to do it any other way (and with 2 young children at home I WISH I could head write, as I don’t get a lot of computer time.)
Blocks of time. I’m not a writer who can write in short bursts. Again, with the 2 small kids, I wish I could, but I can’t seem to get into the flow of the story deeply enough if I don’t have time.
A plan. I need to have a basic sketch of where my scene is going for me to feel free to let my creativity loose within a framework. Otherwise, I’m afraid I’ll go off the rails and write things that will just have to be cut out, and with those young children and a deadline, time is not something I can waste right now.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Heather Snow] I suppose that would be the Nancy Drew series. My mom read to me a lot, and I started reading before the age of 4, though I don’t remember what I read in those days. I do remember loving Nancy Drew, though, and devouring them!
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Heather Snow] Sleep? But I don’t see that happening in the near future (I have a 3 ½ year old and a 7 month old). Hmm…I love to travel and attend the theatre…though I don’t get to do that as much I once did…kind of difficult with the kids! I can take the boys to the lake, though…so swimming, boating, playing cards and board games (no TV at the lake unless it’s raining—that’s the rule!) and singing songs around the campfire with friends is how I spend a lot of my time.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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"Historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion make Sweet Enemy a great read. Romance fans will love it." ~#1NYT Bestselling Author JULIE GARWOOD
Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty—take up the responsibility for his family’s estates. His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word—heirs. When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford. But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting houseguest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.
Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a countess. If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge. However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter—for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.
Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…