Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Grace Burrowes to Romancing the Book. Grace, will you share a short bio with us?
GB: I am the sixth out of seven children, which meant I had to learn early to use language, lest I be lost in the general din of a big family. Since early adolescence, I’ve been a voracious reader of romance, and kept the habit through college, law school, and twenty years of foster care lawyering. I started writing about six years ago, when my Beloved Offspring flew the nest, and I’ve been writing ever since. Please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com/ or follow me on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes for more information.
Jen: Please tell us about your upcoming releases and where the ideas came from.
GB: I wish I knew where the ideas came from because I’d set up housekeeping there. Ideas come from life, from the collective imagination, from the ghost trails of plots I’ve read and wasn’t quite satisfied with, and from out of the blue.
My next release is The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, coming out December 4. It’s the inaugural novel in a trilogy of Scottish Victorians, and was recently named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012. (The seismic readings you feel are me, dancing around my kitchen and scaring my cats.)
Jen: What kind of research do you do for your novels?
GB: The most fun research involves travel. I spent time at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire while writing my Scottish Victorians, and I’ve also wandered around lavender farms in Sonoma Valley (handily located near some delightful wineries, you know). Reading biographies of period figures is great fun, and there is endless good material available on the internet.
Jen: We’re quickly approaching a major holiday season. Do you have any special holiday traditions that you’d like to share with us?
GB: One of the hallmarks of the holidays for me is that I stay home. In the warmer months, I’ll frequently drive coast to coast to see my far flung family, but the winter months, and those dark, dark weeks around the holidays, are for being quiet, mulling over the directions my life is taking, and being grateful. Also thinking up new books.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
GB: I’m reading Julie Anne Long’s delightful, A Notorious Countess Confesses. I’m a great fan of Joanna Bourne, Mary Balogh, Carolyn Jewel, JR Ward, Meredith Duran, Judith Ivory, Susanna Kearsley, Eloisa James, Kristen Callahan, and Jennifer Ashley, among many, many others. There’s so much talent among romance authors these days, it defies description.
Jen: What’s next for you?
GB: MORE BOOKS!!! Next year’s publication schedule will feature a new title and/or novella practically each month, mostly Regencies under the general heading, “The Lonely Lords.” I’m also planning more Scottish Victorians (Scotland, here I come!), and maybe even some contemporaries.
‘Tis the Season for Scandal…
Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she’s nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution…
But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both…
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes keeps winning reader awards for her gorgeously imagined books. If you’re already a fan, you’ll devour her new characters and if you haven’t yet discovered the richly drawn worlds of Grace Burrowes, you’re in for a treat….
His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed…
Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who’s wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.
But in his intended’s penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he’s ever wanted in a wife.