Interview & Contest: Mia Marlowe

Mia Marlowe Author PhotoJen: Today we welcome Mia Marlowe to Romancing the Book as she celebrates the release of One Night with a Rake. Mia, will you please share a short bio with us?
Mia: I didn’t plan to become a writer. Like most of the best things in my life, I stumbled into it! I’d been a professional opera singer, a teacher, a choir director, a realtor and a banker. When I decided to try my hand at writing, I overheard my daughter defending my new vocation to one of her friends. “Of course, she can do it,” she said with more conviction than I had at the time. “My mom is a Renaissance Woman. She can do anything!”

After that, I didn’t dare fail. For more about my writing life, find me online at:

http://www.miamarlowe.com
http://twitter.com/Mia_Marlowe
http://facebook.com/MiaMarloweFanPage
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1047085.Mia_Marlowe

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Mia: With pleasure! One Night with a Rake is Book 2 in the Royal Rakes series, but you don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy this one. You see, each of the books in the series deals with a different royal duke. Let me give you the Readers’ Digest version of the history behind the series. When Princess Charlotte, the only legitimate grandchild of King George III, died in 1817, suddenly the Hanoverian succession was in question. The 3 unmarried sons of the king realized that if they could present their father with a grandchild born in wedlock, that child might one day wear the crown. The race was on to see who could be first to sire that child of destiny!

So much for reality. In my fictional world, not everyone wants to see the House of Hanover continue on the throne. So my villain blackmails my hero, Lord Nathaniel, into seducing the young lady who’s captured the interest of the Duke of Cambridge. Unfortunately, he has a history with the lady in question. Nate was once engaged to her sister!

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Mia: To my horror, I am a pantser. My critique partner, Ashlyn Chase, is a plotter and I can’t tell you how much I envy her those neat story boards and detailed scene outlines. I’ve tried it, but once I do all that pre-work, it’s as if I’ve already told the story and the prose comes out flat, like a slightly used narrative. I need the freshness of following my characters around and figuring things out one second before they do.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Mia: For this book—and all my titles—I’m constantly scouring Regency sites to make sure I haven’t committed any faux pas. Historical romance readers are very sophisticated and knowledgeable about the time period. Factual errors irritate them and I understand that completely. Nothing pulls me out of a book faster than an anachronism. For example, I’m currently reading a big meaty straight historical set in the 13th century. One of the characters started fretting about germs after a child was born. (Insert warning buzzer here!) Germ theory didn’t gain acceptance until the late 19th century. Even my Regency characters wouldn’t think about germs. The mistake isn’t enough to make me turn the book into a wall-banger, but it makes me question the rest of what I’m reading.

I can’t promise never to make a factual mistake in my books, but I try very hard not to.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Mia: Early on, someone described my stories as “ribald, yet classy!” That was such a weird juxtaposition it stuck with me, but it does fit. My stories have sizzling love scenes, but they all mean something.  Yes, there’s sex and smooching, lots of it, but there’s also a meeting of hearts.When my characters join their bodies, they join their souls as well.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Mia: Free time? Authors are supposed to have free time? I seriously need to re-read my contracts!

Jen: What’s next for you?
Mia: My next release is Silk Dreams, a harem story “filled with forbidden love, betrayal, redemption and hope” ( or so says RT Book Reviews).  That’ll be out July 27th, but I have 3 more releases this year, including a Scottish Christmas novel, slated for October 2013. And of course, Book 3 in the Royal Rakes series will coming next January. Watch for Between a Rake and a Hard Place! Check my Coming Next page for all the details. http://miamarlowe.com/next.php

I’d like to hear from the readers. If you lived in Regency times, which would you rather be: a bluestocking looking for her next improving project, a debutante looking for a titled husband, a courtesan with plenty of admirers but no serious protector, or a lively lady’s maid, watching and enjoying the foibles of the others? Why?

Thanks for having me here today!

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27 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Mia Marlowe

  1. Nicole Laverdure says:

    If I lived in the Regency era, I would have loved to be a courtesan! I love reading stories of famous courtesans, but not enough of them have been written! I would love to read and review Waking up with a Rake! Mia, three future releases, that is great news!

  2. may says:

    Bluestocking, I think… Can’t imagine being a courtesan since I am not very good at flirting!

    • Bluestockings were smart and no one’s fool. To my mind, they were the most modern of the Regency types because they pursued knowledge that had previously been strictly the province of men.

  3. Patti_P says:

    Hmmm if I could choose I would want to end up with the titled husband so I would be a debutante. But my personality would eventually shine through and he would end up with a combination of a courtesan/bluestocking. The maid unfortunately he has to find elsewhere. I love your books and I am looking forward to reading this one as well.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Thanks, Patti. Way to combine the types! Can’t blame you for passing on the maid. They worked incredibly hard. I have, however, written a working class heroine. She’s Jane Tate in MY LADY BELOW STAIRS. Every one deserves a HEA!

  4. Christy Harrelson says:

    I know I should probably want the titled husband, but honestly I think I would prefer the courtesan. I couldn’t see myself as a maid just watching, even though I have some common traits with a bluestocking, I think the courtesans of the period probably had the most interesting, exciting and really full lives of the time. All the wonderful exploits and trysts, the ones I’ve read about seemed to have lived amazing lives for women of the era. Congrats on the new releases, I love your work and can’t wait to read them. Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

    • Courtesans had the most control over their money, that’s for certain. When a woman married her distinctive personhood was merged with her husband’s. She ceased to be a separate entity for all legal purposes.

      However, a courtesan would have to arrange her amours in a very business-like fashion, garnering pensions and properties along the way so she’d have some means of support in her declining years.

  5. April Holthaus says:

    I would definitely be a lady’s maid. If ever I was sent back in time or if there were past lives I always saw myself as the servant girl. The one who is shy and extremely hard working, the one who faces challenges in life and has to be strong to overcome them. Raised by my dad I’ve always been a tomboy and learned the importance of having a strong work ethic so I couldn’t see myself being of a higher class or station. I would prefer being the girl who isn’t after riches or titles, just the one who can work just as good as a man and have impressive skills that would captivate a man’s heart…even if he were of higher class than me.

    • Love your work ethic, April! It might interest you to know that in comic opera, the maid character almost always steals every scene she’s in!

  6. erinf1 says:

    Congrats ladies on the new release! Thanks for the fun interview! I think I’d rather be a blustocking 🙂 according to all the books I read, they get all the hot guys!

    • Not only that, bluestockings have something intelligent to say to their men once they have them!. Interesting that no one has picked the debutante yet. Hmmm…..

  7. Glittergirl says:

    Hi Mia, I chatted with you last night at DANL :-). Don’t enter me in the drawing I already have the book. Unless of course, you want to give me an upcomming release, lol. I have all your books =)

    I would end up being the hard working servant girl or governess that gets the eye of the Laird/Lord. My roots are definitely blue-collar, my Dad being a small business owner. But I managed to graduate college and marry a white-collar guy. I’m smart and resourceful but not someone out in front of the crowd. You have to look for the hard worker or support staff to find me. Good luck with the release!

  8. Glittergirl says:

    Hi Mia, I chatted with you last night at DANL :-). Don’t enter me in the drawing I already have the book. Unless of course, you want to give me an upcoming release, lol. I have all your books =)

    I would end up being the hard working servant girl or governess that gets the eye of the Laird/Lord. My roots are definitely blue-collar, my Dad being a small business owner. But I managed to graduate college and marry a white-collar guy. I’m smart and resourceful but not someone out in front of the crowd. You have to look for the hard worker or support staff to find me. Good luck with the release!

  9. Barbara Elness says:

    I’d want to be a bluestocking looking for her next improving project, because that’s just who I am. 😀

  10. Leanna H says:

    I would like to be the lady’s maid because I like yo stay in the background and listen the everyone and hear all the gossip.

  11. laurie says:

    I think I’d rather be a blustocking according to all the books I read, they get all the hot guys!

  12. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Jen and Mia!

    If a lived during the Regency era I would be a a bluestocking but my project would be to reform a Rake! My only problem would be would he also try to “reform” me to join him in his revelries or would I reform him into a “proper” gentleman?

  13. Marcy Shuler says:

    I think I’d like to be a bluestocking. That way I could always get a rake if I found one who could handle my intelligence. LOL

  14. Chelsea B. says:

    A bluestocking looking for her next improving project. Because you have the protection of family and money, and the chance to really experience that time period for all it was worth 🙂

  15. I’m with you, Mia. If I read a book and find an anachronism, I begin to question the other “facts” the author puts in.
    I loved Waking up with a Rake, now I cannot wait to read One Night with a Rake! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what happens when Lord Nathaniel tries seducing his ex-fiancé’s sister!

  16. Jen B. says:

    I think I would like to be a bluestocking looking for my next project. Women had so many restrictions during this era. Being a debutante sounds horrible to me. Being a courtesan sounds dangerous to me. Actually, can I choose to be a woman in business? I know that wasn’t highly respected but at least I could support myself.

  17. Hi, Mia! Nice to meet you here. I’m wondering about sharing the author credit with Connie Mason. Are you writing partners? If so, is she a punster like you are? I can’t imagine two pansters flying by the seat of their…um…pants, but I’m sure it happens.

    As for the Regency question, I think I must choose to be a debutante. There is no doubt that the life of a lady was far better than any other in that time period. Besides, I want to wear gorgeous gowns!

  18. Maureen says:

    I think I would like to be a bluestocking looking for her next improving project but finding true love instead.

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