Romance author Jane Goodger dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, The Mad Lord’s Daughter. And she brought along a copy of When A Duke Says I Do for one of you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jane Goodger] An incessantly cheerful, incurable romantic who loves the idea of creating a world where love is true and forever.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Mad Lord’s Daughter?
[Jane Goodger] The Mad Lord’s Daughter is about a forbidden love that isn’t really forbidden but must maintain the façade of being forbidden to protect the heroine. It’s not as complex as it seems! Merideth is the illegitimate adopted daughter of the Earl of Braddock’s reclusive brother. When the brother dies, the Earl goes to great lengths to protect his niece’s parentage so she can marry well—even though she is not related by blood to his family. He enlists the help of John, his loyal and trustworthy son, to help Merideth navigate her first season and find her a suitable husband. To maintain the façade that Merideth and John are first cousins, they, of course, cannot marry. Which is truly tragic, because the two fall madly in love with each other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jane Goodger] Through my research on illegitimacy, I found that society in the 1800s was extremely intolerant of illegitimacy—far more than most romance novels depict. Most of my stories begin with the hero, but this book started with my heroine. I thought, “What if a young woman had been completely isolated from society, and then was thrust into her first season totally unprepared?” Merideth at first was a fleeting thought in When A Duke Says I Do. She was simply a means to bring two characters from that first book in the series together, but then she became the focus of The Mad Lord’s Daughter. I’m so glad she did, because she is one of my favorite heroines!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Melissa?
[Jane Goodger] Naïve, kind, cheerful.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Melissa would never have in her boudoir?
[Jane Goodger] A cat, mendacity, or a man other than John.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If John had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jane Goodger] “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is John’s most prized possession?
[Jane Goodger] His relationship with his father.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jane Goodger] That’s a tough one. I really don’t know where all this stuff comes from! Maybe genes passed on from my Mom?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jane Goodger] Time. Coffee. That’s it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jane Goodger] To Love a Thief by Julie Ann Long.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jane Goodger] The Secret Garden was the book I read as a kid that introduced me to the excitement of the written word. I loved the idea of being transported to another world and another time. My mother found the book—an American first edition—left behind in a house she moved into as a little girl. She found it magical and shared it with me when I was old enough to read it. I thought it was just as magical.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jane Goodger] I’m extremely busy. I have a part-time job and an editing business, plus three kids, a husband, a cat and a dog. If I can squeeze in a half hour for myself, I grab my Kindle Fire and read.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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