HRR Interview & Contest: Erica Ridley

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London
EricaRidley_600x800Jen: Today we welcome our next Historical Romance Retreat author, Erica Ridley. Erica, will you share a short bio with us?
Jen: Erica Ridley is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Erica: The Duke’s Accidental Wife features the reclusive and enigmatic Duke of Ravenwood. The sunny, free-spirited heroine considers him the Frost King, and is convinced his heart is made of ice…until she touches his chiseled chest for herself and discovers the heat between them is very real!

This was a fun book to write. Ravenwood has played a supporting role in most of the previous books in the series, but we never get to see the world from his point of view until this book. I hope it will be full of fun surprises, both for long-time fans as well as for new readers to the series. It was a blast to pair the always-proper duke with someone who’s never followed a rule in her life.

Blurb for The Duke’s Accidental Wife:

Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…

The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?


Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Erica: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. Most of my childhood was spent with a pencil in my hand. When I decided to try and write professionally, I knew it would take a lot of hard work and that there was a chance of not making it, so I promised myself I would give myself a full year, and only stop if there was no sign that I was moving in the right direction. The first year, I finished two manuscripts. The second year, I finaled in or won multiple writing contests. The third year, I landed a literary agent. The fourth year, I signed my first contract. The fifth year, my debut novel was on shelves nationwide and across the globe. It has been a fabulous journey!

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Erica: Team Plotter, all the way! I use the writing software Scrivener to organize my ideas and keep plot threads and character details consistent across each series. For me, knowing ahead of time what is supposed to happen helps me to sit down and make it happen. Without a roadmap, I find myself spending too much time staring helplessly at a blank page. (Or catching up on Words With Friends instead of writing!)

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Erica:I am a morning person (well…after a cup or two of strong black coffee) so I do my best writing when it’s first thing in the morning. The danger is getting sidetracked with email and Facebook, so I try to limit that as much as possible before diving in. I’m also a numbers person, so I like to keep track of how long I can write at a stretch, and what my wordcount is. Usually when I’m in the draft phase, I have a daily wordcount in mind, and I do my best to meet it. Sometimes it’s easy, and other times it involves a lot of staring blankly at my monitor, lol. I try not to let myself get derailed with research questions mid-scene… it’s too fun to start clicking through museum costume collections or old recipe books and women’s magazines!

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Erica: I live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, so I can’t help but relax when I’m not writing. My front balcony has a rocking chair and a view of a volcano, and my side balcony has a hammock and a view of the largest lake in the country. Before moving to Costa Rica, I was an avid scrapbooker. Now I’m more likely to be found hiking in the middle of the jungle or relaxing on the beach with a great book.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Erica: This is the final story in the seven-book Dukes of War series, and I’m currently plotting a new series, which may feature some of the secondary characters from this series. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but I’m very excited about it, and hope to be able to release the first couple books back-to-back this time next year.

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19 thoughts on “HRR Interview & Contest: Erica Ridley

  1. Clarissa boggs says:

    First off let me say Mrs Ridleys books are just a pure pleasure to read, I’ve read all Yhe a dukes of War series and cannot get enough of them. Now to answer the questions, I believe I would be a wallflower,I’m not much of a people person unless I’m familiar with the person so I guess in a way it may seem standoffish but the right man would just try that much harder. ? If I was ever compromised into marrying a duke I must say I would be rather angry,who knows what kind of man he is unless you have the chance to get to know them, my reputation be damned,I’m not sure I would go through with it. Again the right man wouldn’t care about the gossip

  2. Karlene Barger says:

    I’d want to dance every dance! (Although I might also step on a few toes…) Reading about a marriage because of a compromising incident is much more fun than actually being involved in that incident!

  3. Denise says:

    I just started to read Mrs. Ridley’s books and I LOVE THEM! I would LOVE to have ALL of them from her!

    I believe I would be a wallflower, I really don’t like to stand out, which is one thing that I hate about myself. I am the only wallflower in my family and am jealous of those who are the rising stars. I am a very A type, black and white person. It can leave you very lonely and sad at times.

    If I was ever compromised into marrying a duke I would have to say that at first I would probably be scared witless and it would come across as anger. Unless I knew the man I would be afraid of just what kind of person he was. I know that a lot of people will ONLY see the money and the prestige that comes with it but to heck with all that if he would make my life a living nightmare. I know that this is SO WRONG to say but his first appearance would REALLY be important.

    It would depend on the circumstances as well. If I was, as they call them, spinsters, I may go along with it just to keep from burdening my family. There are often times that so called arrangements, turn out to be what should have been all along. I may also go along with it just to do something I have never done before, be spontaneous. I may go along with what keeps my reputation in tack just because I HATE confrontation.

    If the Duke were a really caring man, he would understand if I asked for the wedding to take place at a later date so we could get to know each other or not go through with it at all. That would say a LOT about his character etc.

    It would really come down to the moment. Hopefully he would be a good looking and charming Duke who was that way in and out of site of the ton!

  4. Shelly Small says:

    I would be dancing the night away. Haven’t read any books yet by you but look forward to reading some

  5. Mel K. says:

    I absolutely love Xmas theme romances. Erica is so nice. It would be an honor to win her Xmas title. If you don’t get her newsletter you should. And connect with her on FB. Her posts are always interesting. Her books….TEMPTING!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

    • Mel K. says:

      Sorry….I didn’t look at the question in the Rafflecopter first. I would be a social butterfly. And (lol) I’d create more indiscretion! If I didn’t like the duke I’d grab my stuff and run like hell. 🙂

  6. anne says:

    I would dance every dance and revel in this delightful event. Marriage without knowing that person would be extremely dangerous and difficult. I would hope that he would understand the situation and delay the wedding.

  7. Angie Garn says:

    If I attended a masquerade, I would definitely dance, dance, dance! If I were compromised into marrying a duke, I would be very angry. If he is a good man, I could probably learn to get along with him. Or maybe even come to love him. But if he were a jerk, we would definitely butt heads and be her unhappy together. I love Erica’s books! I have all of the books in her Dukes of War series.

  8. Natasha Persaud says:

    I can’t be a wallflower I’m too active I’ll dance every set. I’ll be a hellion spitfire if I knew I was compromised to a duke without my permission.

  9. Linda Herold says:

    I love to dance but I am an introvert! So I probably would be a wallflower enjoying the music and drinking punch! It would be scary for me if I had to get married to someone!

  10. Dancing the night away 🙂 . Especially if it was a masquerade! If I know him well and like him – maybe 😮 . Otherwise – Run, run, run as far as I can 😉

  11. JoAnne says:

    In my younger days I would have been a wallflower. Now that I’m older I’d dance the night away.
    If I was compromised – i.e. unchaperoned – I couldn’t live with being married to someone without really knowing them or at least liking them. Love can always grow out of friendship.

  12. jennifer drake says:

    i think i’d be between a wallflower and a social butterfly…. and as to how i’d react, i’d probably have many mixed emotions

  13. Sandypo says:

    I would want to be a social butterfly…and as to how I’d react, it would depend on what the Duke was like.

  14. Mary Preston says:

    I’d love to say I’d be dancing all night, but chances are I’d be a wallflower. As for the indiscretion, bring it on. Not sure I’d want the Duke though.

  15. Deborah O'Connor says:

    I love This interview and Erica’s books.

    I would definitely be a social butterfly. I can’t hide in the shadows. The indiscretion, I’m up for it, Duke and all.

  16. Caitlin M says:

    I’d be a wallflower in the shadows and that wouldn’t be a bad thing, because I’d be able to take it all in!

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