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If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters?
I can answer this about most of my books, but not when it comes to Brynnde. Probably because no one turns Regency romance novels into movies (unless they’re written by Jane Austen). It’s just so difficult for me to envision it on a screen. Which is really strange considering I started out as a screenwriter!
How do you come up with the titles of your books?
The title usually just comes to me. Brynnde was easy because I made up the name and it’s so unique. With another of my novels, The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, I actually polled my readers and that was the title they liked most.
What does your writing space look like?
Kind of messy. I have a nice, big wooden desk and it has a variety of piles along the edges. I know where everything is, though! If I were to clean, I’d never find anything!
My office is known as “Little London” because of the way it’s decorated. I have a LEGO Tower Bridge (I’m now working on the LEGO Westminster), I have London street signs and maps and a giant Big Ben clock on the wall. Also, of course, many many book cases stacked two deep with books.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Reading, of course, and a little television. I used to watch a lot of TV but I’ve found I enjoy it less and less, or maybe I’m just getting more choosey. Time is precious, so I don’t like to think I’m wasting any on mediocre television or books. My family and I also have a weekly game night which is a lot of fun.
I like to travel when I can. If I had unlimited funds, that’s what I’d be doing.
I also enjoy reading astrology charts and tarot cards.
What is your favourite color?
What is your favourite pleasure food?
What is your favourite season?
Spring. I love everything warming up and the flowers coming out.
What is your favourite television show?
Right now I’m really enjoying the final season of Broadchurch. (It may be over by the time this gets posted.) Also looking forward to the next season of The Crown.
What is your favourite movie?
Young Sherlock Holmes. Have loved that movie since I was a kid. Used to come home and put the VHS tape (I’m that old!) in the player every day after school and watch while I did my homework. I’m not even exaggerating—EVERY DAY.
Who is your favourite actor?
Tom Hiddleston on the big screen, David Tennant on the small one. (Though I know Tom has recently done well on the small screen, too.) Oh, but I do also love Ewan McGregor… I have to pick just one?
What is your favourite song?
It changes by the day, but most recently I think my favourite has been “Lost Stars” from the Begin Again soundtrack.
What is your favourite comfort clothing attire?
Depends on the season! In the summer I love tank top tunics. The rest of the year I’m all about a cozy hoodie.
What books might we find on your bedside table?
A stack of books I’m in the middle of reading. I’m always reading two to five books at a time. Also one of my tarot decks and my special alarm clock that wakes me gradually by simulating the light of the rising sun. I hate waking up and am a beast if an actual alarm wakes me.
Describe yourself in three words.
A hopeless romantic
Enjoy an Excerpt
She was the first lady to arrive at the lawn but discovered the men had already started. Her brother and Graeme Sommerford were laughingly arguing over a shot one of them had made, and Brynnde reflected they had grown friendly quickly.
As if reading her thoughts, a voice at Brynnde’s ear said, “They seem to be fast friends.”
Brynnde turned to find Garrick Sommerford—Lord Burbridge, she reminded herself, though the name did not suit him, was far too stuffy—at her shoulder. She frowned, not liking having been snuck up on, nor having her thoughts so openly spoken by someone else. “It would seem so,” she agreed.
Garrick raised his eyebrows. “You disapprove?”
“Not at all,” said Brynnde. “As a rule, my brother shows good judgement in his choice of friends. If he were laughing with you, I might wonder, but as it stands…” She gave a tiny shrug.
Garrick placed a hand over his heart. “You wound me, Miss Archambault. Are you still angry about yesterday evening? What if I were to swear I almost never suffer such verbal clumsiness? That it must be your stunning beauty that has caused me to trip over my own tongue?”
Brynnde looked hard at him, the angelic halo of his sunlit hair, the twinkle in his slate-colored eyes. He was laughing at her! Again! “Insufferable,” she muttered and stepped away to find a free target. She had a sudden and acute need to shoot something.
About the Author:
M holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to her own writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with her family, cats, and hamster. Find out more about her and her books at her website.
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