Jen: Today we welcome Jayne Fresina to Romancing the Book as she celebrates the release of her newest release, Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal. Jayne will you share a short bio with us?
Jayne: Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four daughters. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters – all with far more exciting lives than hers – she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jayne: LADY MERCY DANFORTHE FLIRTS WITH SCANDAL is about a couple who were once married (for three hours) and find themselves thrown together again five years later. They are trying to get on with their lives, but are still drawn to one another against all the odds and every obstacle.
When a Perfectly Proper Lady…
Lady Mercy Danforthe always has a plan. It’s what makes her such a successful matchmaker, and why she’s obligated to spend a great deal of time generously organizing the lives of her friends and family. But there’s one man beyond her help. One man whose recklessness she can’t rein in; whose chaos she can’t contain. Her ex-husband, Rafe Hartley. Her one—and only!—mistake.
Flirts with a Reckless Rogue…
Rafe has never forgiven Mercy for running out on him. Their hastily annulled marriage may have one lasted three hours, but that doesn’t mean he needs her help finding a proper wife. Someone needs to teach little Miss Know-It-All a lesson about keeping her adorably freckled nose out of other people’s business. And it just so happens that Mercy “Silky Drawers” Danforthe still owes him a wedding night…
A Scandal’s Never Far Behind!
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jayne: I’m a little bit of both, but mostly a pantser. I start with the characters. Sometimes I write down a few conversations between the main characters before I start the first draft. I always sketch out a brief profile for each main character, so I have them fairly well fleshed out from the beginning. The profile will include odds and ends, such as what they like to eat, little habits they might have, pet peeves, their zodiac sign etc. Then I either fly from that and the characters direct the plot, or I might sketch out a very rough plot – beginning, middle and end – so I know, sort of, where they are going. But I have to say “sort of” because my characters tend to be on the opinionated, stubborn side and don’t like me telling them how things will be.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Jayne: Yes! I think routine is a necessity for a writer. Every day I’m up very early to get a few hours in before I go to work at my “real” job. At night, in bed, I do some research or edit sections I wrote earlier that day. I like to go to sleep with the story in my head and often I’ll get a great idea that I can’t wait to write about the next morning.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Jayne: It’s funny because they almost always just come to me. I have never had a problem finding a name. That said, however, Lady Mercy was originally called Lady Penelope, but I decided I didn’t like that name for her and my brother-in-law, Simon, actually came up with the name Mercy for me. Other than that, the names usually just pop out along with the character profiles I sketch at the beginning.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Jayne: I don’t have favorites. Or I try not to! I feel as if my characters are a bit like children! They are all special to me in their own way.
I’ll tell you a secret though. I am quite fond of some of my secondary characters – Grieves, the valet in THE WICKED WEDDING OF MISS ELLIE VYNE, and Mrs. Augusta Kenton, in LADY MERCY DANFORTHE FLIRTS WITH SCANDAL, both make me laugh because I can picture them so completely when I read their dialogue. And no, I didn’t really base them on people I know. At least, I don’t think I did. Or did I?? They’ve just become very real to me since they first appeared on those pages as I typed.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Jayne: I like to run and swim. I paint. I love to go out to dinner with friends. I don’t think writers are very sociable creatures, so we really have to make an effort to get out otherwise I know I’d be bent over a laptop all the time! And actually my friends and family are always a good source for more stories (whether they like it or not).
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jayne: MISS MOLLY ROBBINS DESIGNS A SEDUCTION, which is the final book in the Sydney Dovedale series and follows the fortunes of Molly (Lady Mercy’s maid from the current release) after she jilts Rafe Hartley at the altar.
Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog!