Jen: Today we welcome Theresa Romain to Romancing the Book. Theresa, will you share a short bio with us?
Theresa: Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Theresa: The Prodigal Duke was first released this spring in an anthology called The Dukes of Vauxhall. Each participating author based a novella on a different sort of duke (a duke of the criminal underworld, a boxer nicknamed Duke, an illegitimate royal) and a love story set at least partly in Vauxhall Gardens. My duke was the literal sort, and the title came to my mind first. But what sort of hero would a prodigal duke be? By the time I’d finished plotting the story, Leo was a sweetheart with ADHD who returned home from travels when his elder brother died and he inherited the title—only to find that his first love, neighbor girl Poppy, was now in desperate circumstances and working as a Vauxhall tightrope walker.
Jen: What is your favorite day of the week?
Jen: What is your favorite movie?
Theresa: The 1999 version of The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
Jen: What is your favorite flower?
Theresa: Anything with a really vivid color—as long as I’m not responsibly for trying to keep it alive.
Jen: What is your favorite scent?
Theresa: Something dessert-y, like vanilla or sweet spices.
Jen: What food do you refuse to eat?
Theresa: Liver. I just can’t handle the taste of it.
Jen: Are you handy? crafty?
Theresa: Not too much of either. I can put together furniture from a kit, but it’s not exactly a pro job. My husband is very handy and my daughter is very crafty (in the artistic sense and the devious sense).
Jen: What is your dream vacation spot?
Theresa: I’d love to go to Venice, but only if I could teleport there. Air travel and I do not get along.
Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Theresa: Maybe to 100% stop biting my nails. I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember and have only 90% stopped.
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Theresa: Jane Austen, of course! Though I’d be nervous that she’d skewer me with one of her spot-on word portraits.
Jen: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Theresa: Neither one. I have chronic fatigue issues (long boring medical story) and don’t have a best time of day. But I live with a morning person and a night owl and get a little taste of both. ☺
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Theresa: Hotel, please! I’m a big fan of running water and electricity.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Theresa: My next novel is coming April 24 from Kensington. Lady Rogue continues the Royal Rewards saga with the love story of Callum Jenks, a blunt-spoken Bow Street Runner, and Lady Isabel Morrow, a proper widow with a bit of a stick art-forgery issue on her hands. It’s a Regency take on How to Steal a Million that I hope readers will enjoy!