My special guest today is author K Reed who has an interesting new release, which is set during Regency times. This is no ordinary Regency romance because K Reed has come up with a very interesting twist. I’ll let her tell you about it….
1. Give us an elevator pitch (one sentence) for your book, Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire.
Dystopian Regency Romance
2. Where did the idea for your book come from and did you originally envisage more than one book in the series?
From the get go, I’ve envisioned a series, but that all depends on whether this first book is well received. The idea was simple enough: I wanted to stand out in the Regency Romance world.
3. How do you go about developing your characters? Do you normally start with a character or the plot?
In this one, I started with the world and the devastation that came from that creation. The characters were a logical development of their experiences. The characters developed in tandem with the world they were thrust into. However, I did start with certain personalities.
4. Describe the sights, sounds and scents we might experience if we were to visit Grayson, Baron of Harwich during a normal day.
If you were to walk with Grayson during a typical day in his brave new world, you’d rise before the sun, inspect and survey not only the estate, but the village, the barricades, and the supplies and maintenance of the people under your care. Then you’d have to keep an eye on the ever-present danger–from desperate souls beyond the barricades and from foreign enemies.
Meals, training, inspecting the troops, so to speak, listening to complaints and problems of the villagers. At the end of the day, there’d be no real time for any indulgences…unless it was well worth it!
By the end of all this, you’d see how dedicated Baron Harwich is not only to his estate and village, but to England. He’s a man with a deep sense of duty.
5. What is your favorite part of the writing process? What is the hardest part for you? Is there one thing you’d like to have a fairy godmother wave her magic wand and do for you?
I’d plot out the books with incredibly detailed outlines, then wave my magic wand and down to the last detail it’d appear on the screen before me. With no spelling mistakes!
6. How much research have you needed to do for Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire? Do you have any favorite research sources you can share with us?
I’m sorry, but my time machine is programmed for my use only. I’d love to share but it just won’t let me! Don’t worry, I didn’t change the course of anything. I don’t think…does that hot affair with Lord Byron count?
Actually, I did a lot with the map, I prefer bing.com maps, easier to navigate. I needed the location of Harwich, then the history of it, etc. I also used generalizations, such as who the Prime Minister was and certain locations.
7. What is your favorite way to unwind after a long and busy day?
Game of Thrones. Tyrion’s sarcasm gets me through the day! That and a long walk, or vegging on the couch with something from the DVR I don’t need to pay too much attention to.
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She has a question for you: How much sex do you like in your stories? What do you consider too much? It’s a question I’ve long grappled with. What’s mainstream? What’s not? I’m not known for being shy when writing a sex scene.
The once glittering ballrooms of Regency England now lay desolate. A plague has ravaged the countryside. The government has fallen. What vestiges of order remained have been consumed by the endless funeral pyres.
Grayson, once the Baron of Harwich, sought only to protect his people. Rescuing a half-dead woman was not among his plans. But something about her pulled at him. Perhaps it was her beauty, still evident beneath the pallor of loss. Perhaps it was the recently fired rifle at her side. Or maybe he was simply tried of death. All he knew was that the plague had taken too much already. He couldn’t let it take her as well.
Lady Juliette Adair had been ready to die with her brother. She didn’t expect to be shown mercy in a world that had no room for mercy. When Grayson saved her she questioned his motives but soon found herself intrigued by him, drawn to him.
Societal rules were a thing of the past, dead along with the ton. Juliette had no manner by which to measure her growing closeness to Grayson any longer. But when she discovers he may not be the man she thought she knew more is at stake than just her heart. The secrets she carries could make a king or destroy one.
He didn’t know what made him look, what sound captured his attention, but he suddenly knew he was not alone. Cursing his carelessness, he drew his sword and looked around. There, on the opposite side of the bed, pushed against the wall.
She lay on a settee, head resting on one arm, dark hair falling down the side of the sofa. He glanced to the bed, to the man there, and wondered who the dead pair were. She looked to have survived the plague; her face and neck were thin and smooth. Died of neglect, then. The last living being in the house and she couldn’t summon the strength to feed herself.
His eyes locked on the rifle lying just under her reach. Sheathing his sword, it was then he noticed that powder marks blackened her hands and were smudged along her face and neck. He quickly scanned the area, a small bag of powder and a case of shot rested on a nearby chair.
Cautiously walking closer, Grayson crouched before the prone figure and surprised himself by reaching out to touch her. He stopped just short of her cheek, curling his fingers into a fist. He took a brief moment to admire her beauty.
Even in death, she captivated.
Standing, he picked up the rifle and backed away, turning to search the rest of the room before he’d take the powder and shot.
That was when he heard her moan.
K Reed, Author Bio:
Romance author with an historical twist.
Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead.
A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the post-apocalyptic world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England.
Luckily she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic storylines and great locale pictures, but for now she’ll stick to the east coast and the internet.