Interview With Author of, Love In A Dangerous Season, Gloria Gay & Book Spotlight

 

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Book Information

Title– Love In A Dangerous Season
Author– Gloria Gay
Genre– Regency Romance
Publication Date–  January 21, 2015
Length– 192 Pages
Publisher– Amazon Kindle Direct
Cover Artist– Killion Group
 
Book Description
 
For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haut ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…

 

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1.  Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married, with three grown children (two girls and a boy) and have six grandchildren. My husband and I live in San Diego, California and we are extremely lucky to have our children and grandchildren all living in the same city. I have published a few Regency romances both on my own as well as with publishers. I have two Regency romances with Boroughs Publishing Group (Scandal at Almack’s and Lovely Little Liar).


2.  What inspired you to write your first book?

I was in a girl’s Catholic academy and was given a novel as a prize for excellence in art work and that was the first taste I had of fiction. My dad worked for the State Department and we were transferred to El Paso, Texas. I became a bookworm in the sixth grade and thought that the small narrow library in my school was a gateway to faraway places and exciting adventures that were just there waiting for me. I read all of the Nancy Drew books that little library had as well as all the other girl detective series I could find. From there I went on to a Gothic romance addiction. After reading “Rebecca” I wrote to Daphne DuMaurier and asked her if Manderley was real or imagined. She wrote back very graciously, telling me she and her husband had managed to obtain a 20-year lease on the house (Menabilly) that had been the initial inspiration for the novel. She even included some snapshots!

So, the first book I ever wrote was a Gothic romance (still unpublished) but I went back to it recently and I’m re-writing it, so maybe I’ll publish it in the near future. From gothics I went on to Regency romances because I felt that Gothic romances had a lot of mystery but little romance. Even now, all my regencies have a lot of mystery and suspense threaded through the romance – the influence of my love of Gothics!

 

3.  How to you choose your hero and heroines names?

Some of them just pop up in my mind when I’m starting a book but others I choose carefully. For instance, in “Love In a Dangerous Season” the heroine’s name is Fantine. My aunt/god-mother’s name was Fantine and I always thought that was a pretty name and rare. Since I wanted my heroine to have a distinctive name because she had a unique impulsive character (that got her into trouble), I chose that name for her.

 

4.  What kind of research did you do for this book?

As far as Regencies go I have read hundreds of them so I know the period well and I’m constantly going back to my personal research library of sites that I have formed throughout the year, many of them through the advice of the Beaumonde Society site to which I belong.

 

5.  Do you have a favorite character from one of your books? Which one, and why?

Fantine Delmere of Love In A Dangerous Season is a favorite of mine as well as Cecilia Sentenell from Kissed In the Dark. I also have a particular fondness for Violet Welsh, a secondary character of Kissed In the Dark, so much so that I developed a book for her (Known to All) in order to tell her story!

 

6. Do you currently have any works in progress, and if so, could you share a little with us?

I’m in the last stages of my Regency romance, Enchanted Summer which will be published under Amazon Kindle. It’s always fun to arrive at the last correction stage and start thinking of the cover.

 

7.  Where do you write, and do you have a daily schedule or do you write when inspiration strikes?

I have half of a room set up for writing and throughout the day, whenever I have something to say I jot it down. I write a lot initially when an idea strikes. Then the book lies dormant for a while, while parts of it brew in my head. I think the more you write and think about a book the more you are able to arrive at solutions to plot problems and the better you get at it. And it doesn’t matter if a lot of what you write you cut out. Nothing in writing goes to waste, even the parts you cut out are useful, because those parts led you to other more appropriate parts that you were able to use in the book.
That’s the way I work (seat of the pants for I have never been able to write an outline). Usually I start out with a scene that pops into my head – J – a bit crazy but it’s a method that works for me.

 

9.  Is there a question you have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? If so, what is the question, and what is the answer?

My question to myself would be, do you become very attached to some of your characters?


Very much so! As I said before, not only was Violet Welsh (later to become Violet Durbin) one of my favorite characters, but I had no idea that when I developed her character solely so that she would alert the heroine of the plot against her that I was to become so invested in her life that I wrote a whole book about her! I just felt that she deserved a better future and I wanted to give it to her in her own book!

I also became very fond of Lord Wilbur in Forced Offer and even though he could not end up with the heroine although he loved her just as much as the hero did, I’ve always felt that I should tell Lord Wilbur’s story in another book that maybe would include Irene as the heroine. Well, maybe in the future.

10.  Just for fun: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and could pick only 3 necessities to have with you, what would they be?

Number one: my hubby.
Number two: a large supply of ice-cold beer. (Not possible, right?).
Number three: a manual typewriter with a case of paper and typing ribbons (maybe from a shipwreck) and drawing paper and pencils.
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About Author Gloria Gay

From an early age I was drawn to painting and writing. Both have always been linked for me throughout the different stages of my life—studies, work, marriage, children, grand-children. Curiously enough it was a novel given to me as a prize for art excellence at the Catholic nuns’ academy where I studied through sixth grade that I was introduced to literature. Up until that time I only knew books as history, math, etc. Those nuns were very strict: novels only as a prize! I was amazed that a book could open doors into imagined worlds. I probably thought, as a nine-year-old, that movies just appeared on the screen by magic.

From that day forth I would make up stories to tell my brothers and my sister. Later on I started to put the stories down on paper. Then among the many novels I read I started one day to read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. That first line in the novel: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” was the spark that drew me toward serious writing, first the Gothic novels popular at the time and then when I searched for more romance than mystery, to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

Regency romance became my genre and I self-published four, then two more with a traditional publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, and  two with Amazon’s Kindle Direct. And although I will probably always write Regencies, I am also branching out to romantic suspense and will soon be publishing two of those and, hopefully, re-write the first Gothic novel I wrote and abandoned many years ago.

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Fantine struggled in Ashcom’s arms as he pressed his mouth to hers, but to no avail. Her strength pitted against his was but a sigh to a powerful gale. Then even against her will she felt her treacherous lips responding hungrily to his bruising lips that tasted of recently sipped coffee and felt a rush of passion course madly through her limbs as he parted her lips forcibly and thrust his tongue into her mouth.

A thrilling rush of sensation shot out throughout her body, making her listless.
For a while he kissed her, hard and with a desperate hunger answered in measure by Fantine. He tasted the chocolate in her mouth and inhaled the sweet light scent he had chosen for her. He felt a tremor shoot out in sparks throughout his body and a strong response in his loins.Hating his reaction to her and his weakening resolve, he let go of her suddenly and still holding her by her shoulders looked angrily into her eyes.”Have you ever been kissed by a moneyed title, Miss Delmere? Well now you have.” And with that he turned on his heel and strode out of the breakfast room.
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4 Comments

  1. April 18, 2015    

    Thank you for the wonderful interview and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

  2. April 20, 2015    

    Thank you so much for hosting my tour. I loved your questions, they really opened up for me my memory bank!

  3. April 21, 2015    

    You're very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to answer them.

  4. April 21, 2015    

    You're very welcome!

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