Please give a big “Hello” to Noelle Adams!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Noelle Adams] A hermit with more stories to tell than time to write them. Loves history, art, ice cream, and dogs.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seducing the Enemy?
[Noelle Adams] Seducing the Enemy has a few echoes of Romeo and Juliet, with a couple who meet and fall for each other, even though their families have been in a bitter legal battle for years. Harrison and Marietta don’t know the other’s identity when they have a one-night stand, so there is major conflict in the fall-out. It’s very romantic, with a lot of humor and a cool English estate as the primary setting.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Noelle Adams] When I wrote the first draft of it seven years ago, I’d been reading a lot of historical romances, and I was playing around with how some of those same features could be used in a contemporary romance. That’s how I ended up with Cyrus Damon, the eccentric uncle who wants to live in a previous century, and it’s also why the themes of honor and family identity are so strong.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Marietta?
[Noelle Adams] Sweet, resilient, sunny.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Harrison had a theme song, what would it be?
[Noelle Adams] “Working Man.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Marietta is never without.
[Noelle Adams] Her sense of humor.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Harrison’s bathroom?
[Noelle Adams] Hair gel, grime, a cat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Marietta’s greatest regret?
[Noelle Adams] That she has put her life on hold after recovering from being injured in a tragic accident as a child.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Noelle Adams] Nineteenth century romantic fiction—the usual suspects (Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte) and the less usual (Charlotte Yonge and Louisa May Alcott).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Noelle Adams] Laptop, couch, quiet.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Noelle Adams] I just read a pre-release copy of Serena Bell’s new Loveswept title, Yours to Keep. Such a compelling plot and authentic emotion. I loved it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Noelle Adams] I had a version of Little Women that was super-abridged for kids. I was crazy about that book and read it over and over again. I still remember my thrill when I realized it wasn’t the whole story and there was more of Little Women to read!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Noelle Adams] Read. Make book covers and book trailers. Walk my dog. Watch movies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Noelle Adams] Website: http://noelle-adams.com/
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.
The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.
Noelle Adams bio:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.