Ah another Regency Romance, just cannot get enough of it. Who can right? With that in mind, I got the opportunity to interview the delightful Ella J Quince. Everyone should really read Mine All Mine and follow Lilly’s and Dominic’s journey. The romance leading to love. The emotions that Ella is able to instil in us. Hard to describe it, but you can definitely recreate the scenes as if it’s happening in front of your eyes! Yes, I read it more than once, but it’s hard not to! This is exactly why I state, books are better than movies!
Why did you become a writer? Was there an event/inspirational figure or ambition that pushed you in that direction?
I became a writer because I wanted to do something I loved and be home with my children. It took me a while to believe that I could be a writer, and even longer to get to the point where I am now at home with my kids. Books inspired me to write. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine inspired my first story. I wanted a more romantic version of it. It’s a children’s book, but I was in my teens by the time I read it and I wanted more focus on the romance between Prince Char and Ella. That led me to Historical Romance novels. After that I was inspired by King Arthur staring Clive Owen. I loved his character. I love all heroes and I want them to all fall in love. In my very first draft of Mine, All Mine Dominic was a knight and the book was based in medieval times, but at that same time Stephanie Laurens Cynster Series stole my heart and inspired me to change Mine, All Mine to the Regency genre.
Why did you choose this genre – what was most appealing about it and most difficult?
I’m really attracted to the forbidden fruit aspect of the period. Couples falling in love when they aren’t supposed to. The excitement of a secret kiss.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
My goal when I read or start a story is to relive the feelings of falling in love.
The anxiety, the fluttery joy, the embarrassment. All of it. I hope with each book I release that I am giving my readers those feelings, too.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
With two small children it’s never the same time of day. Sometimes it’s the morning, or the miracle of both children napping at the same time in the afternoon, and sometimes it isn’t until everyone but me has gone to bed. I write from my couch and coffee table where I can watch them destroy my living room.
If you were to choose a favourite book you have written, which would it be?
That’s a hard question! It might be a tie between Belle of the Ball and Sweet Torture.
What is your favourite book you have read and author?
Also a hard question! There can’t be just one. A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodweis. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens will also live on in my heart forever.
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
It’s a brave new world in publishing these days. Everyone gets rejected, and everyone gets one star reviews.
Write what you love and you will find your happy place. Soak in every bit of information you can find.
Favourite colour: Purple.
Favourite flower: Rose.
Favourite food: Mexicon Food.
Favourite day: Mondays. I feel refreshed and motivated on Mondays for some reason.
If you were to create your own Fantasy World, how would you describe it?
I am the queen of laziness. I live in p.j’s unless I have to leave the house. I accept these things because I’m completely serious when I say I’m allergic to stress. I get hives and everything. I was supposed to be a pampered princess, I think. 😉
Thank you for your time!!!
While you all enjoy your Summer holidays/vacation, don’t forget to watch out for Just One Kiss!
Just One Kiss will be out by the end of the summer and I just released my first Contemporary Romance Novella, Flash Point.