Jen: Today we welcome Anna Bradley back to Romancing the Book. Anna, will you share a short bio with us?
Anna: Anna Bradley is an award-winning author of Regency Historical Romances A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL, A SEASON OF RUIN, LADY ELEANOR’S SEVENTH SUITOR, LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, and TWELFTH NIGHT WITH THE EARL.
Anna lives with her husband and two children in Portland, OR, where people are delightfully weird and love to read. Readers can get in touch with Anna via her webpage at http://www.annabradley.net, or, for all things romance (and an occasional “hot hero” pic!) please visit Anna on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/annabradley472, or on Twitter at @annabradley472
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Anna: My Christmas novella, TWELFTH NIGHT WITH THE EARL was released on Nov. 14. It’s my first Christmas novella, and I got the idea from the Lord Devon character we meet in LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, which is the second book in the Sutherland Sisters series. I built a complicated back story for Lord Devon in LADY CHARLOTTE. The London ton insists he murdered his elder brother to gain the title and fortune, and the novella takes him back to Cornwall and his ancestral home at Christmas time, where he has to confront his ghosts and the childhood love, Theodosia Sheridan, who he left behind.
Jen: Who is your celebrity crush?
Anna: I have major weaknesses for Viggo Mortenson, Lord of the Rings era, Tom Hardy (love the accent!) and Jude Law – have you ever noticed he has perfect lips?
Jen: What is your favorite candy?
Anna: Anything with peanut butter and chocolate. Special shout out to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
Jen: What is your favorite gift ever received from a fan?
Anna: I lovely lady I met in Texas when I did the Buns and Roses event crocheted me a small handbag. It’s adorable, and I love that she made it herself specifically for me.
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Anna: Do I have to limit myself to just one? Lol. One of my favorite pleasures, of course, is reading, but I don’t feel guilty about it! I do feel a tiny bit guilty about my love for Talenti Chocolate Chip Pistachio ice cream, because I never share it with my kids or husband!
Jen: Do you have any siblings?
Anna: I do – two sisters (one older, one younger) and an older brother. We’re very close, which is one reason why my books so often feature sibling relationships.
Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Anna: NEAT. I can’t work with clutter around me. My husband thinks I’m a psycho!
Jen: What do you collect?
Anna: Books! Other than that, I’m much of a collector, although my kids and I do have a super cool sea glass collection we do together.
Jen: If you could travel in time, where’d you go?
Anna: You know, I got asked this question at a panel I did with a group of other Regency romance writers at RT last year, and I was shocked most of them said they’d never want to visit England during the Regency-era. I would! I mean, I only would want to go for a week or so, and it would have to be during a house party where there were handsome aristocrats in tight breeches everywhere, but I choose Regency England, circa 1810 or so.
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Anna: Can I choose two? I have to say Jane Austen, of course, despite it being a cliché, because I grew up reading Austen and trace my love of historical romance right back to her works. I’d also love to have dinner with Margaret Atwood, too – she’s a long-time favorite.
Jen: Coffee or tea?
Anna: Coffee, and my need for it is on the edge of pathological.
Jen: Dress/skirt or pants?
Anna: I’m more of a pants girl, probably because we tend to dress down here in the Portland area. I do occasionally love to dress up, though!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Anna: The first novel in the Somerset Sisters series is being released in February of 2018. It’s called MORE OR LESS A MARCHIONESS, and it’s the first of a three-books series about the youngest of the five Somerset sisters, the first two of whom (Delia and Lily) are the heroines of the first two Sutherland Scandals books. MORE OR LESS A MARCHIONESS is about Iris Somerset, who learns a secret about her betrothed a mere few weeks before her wedding, and decides to jilt him. The problem is, her betrothed happens to be a Phineas Knight, the powerful Marquess of Huntington, and he doesn’t take kindly to being jilted!