Thursday, March 8, 2012

Maggi Andersen - The Reluctant Marquess - Author Interview

My thanks to Maggi Andersen for stopping by Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways for an author interview about her book, The Reluctant Marquess.

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I have to thank my former editor for The Reluctant Marquess. I knew I wanted Marquess in the title and she came up with the rest.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not intentionally, but I suppose my opinions on life in general come through the work.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I haven’t found people relate to each other very differently throughout history. That’s what I think readers look for in a story. We look for a different take on the familiar. The Reluctant Marquess is a marriage of convenience story. These marriages still take place today in certain cultures, and I’m sure there’s a period of adjustment as the couples get to know each other.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I don’t think so, although writers are often tempted to improve their stories if given the opportunity to meddle with it.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Researching the era was consuming, the different usage of language from the present day, the fashions, the architecture and the interiors of the beautiful houses. Plus the way society operated at that time. But I enjoy all of that. I also enjoy the way my characters interact, and how the dialogue just flows. The hardest thing would have been editing it, improving the language, capturing the nuances of the story, strengthening the plot line.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned more about the life of Georgian women. My books are usually set in the Regency and Victorian eras. The period of George III encompassed an enormous amount of change, the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars and the king’s illness. Women were not quite as constrained by society’s rules as George IV’s Regency. But by modern standards they were still extremely limited in what they could achieve, even down to their artistic pursuits. Charity Barlow in The Reluctant Marquess takes up carving figures out of wood. It is a small act of defiance. Women were not seen as serious artists and were not permitted to follow the same artistic path as men. I’ve written a more detailed blog on this.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was sick in bed at eight years old, I’d read all my books over and over, and decided to write my own. The love of writing caught fire and I’ve enjoyed it ever since, although it was some years before I took it up as a profession.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Historical author? Georgette Heyer for her beautifully wrought characters and the fascinating worlds she creates.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I have a three book series coming to Knox Robinson Publishing. The Spies of Mayfair Series. Book One: A Baron in her Bed is released in September, Book Two: Taming a Gentleman Spy, Book Three: What a Rake Wants.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy The Reluctant Marquess if you get a chance to read it. I’d love to hear from you. To learn more about my books I have a newsletter:

About the Book
The Reluctant Marquess

Book Details:
Genre: Georgian Romance

Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 183
Price: $15.95
Buy Link:
Amazon, Knox Robinson

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.

Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.

Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone. Might he be suffering from a sad past? Seeking to uncover it, Charity attempts to heal the wound to his heart, only to make things worse between them.

Will he ever love her?

About the Author
Maggi Andersen

Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holt's Gothic Victorian novels were also great favourites.

She has raised three children and gained a BA and an MA in Creative Writing. After husband David retired from the law, they moved to the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.

Maggi's free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies and the theatre. She keeps fit swimming and visiting the gym.

Maggi is a multi-published author, and writes mysteries and young adult novels as well as her Georgian, Regency and Victorian romances.

Connect with Maggi
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  1. Thanks for inviting me to your blog, and allowing me to talk about writing The Reluctant Marquess.

    1. Thrilled to have you stop by - best of luck with your release.

    2. Great interview. Your research shows in the characterizations and eras of your works. Good job.

  2. Lovely interview. Thanks - and all the best to Maggi!