Jen: 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:
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!