Today, I'm welcoming fellow writer Ella Quinn to the blog. Her Regency novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH is coming out this November. She was gracious enough to stop by today to tell us about herself and to share with a little sneak peak from the story.
1. When did you start writing?
Just over two years ago. I’d had a feeling for a while that I wanted to write something, I wrote poetry in high school, I just didn’t know what I wanted to write, until I read an author interview where the author said, write what you read. After that, it all started coming together.
2. Tell us about your latest book.
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, book #2 in The Marriage Game, is about a couple who have known each other all her life. Individually, they always thought they’d marry, then a series of incidents occurred which made that much less likely. After Anna decides she can’t marry Rutherford after all, he decides he’ll do anything to make her his.
3. What inspired the story?
Both characters are introduced in my debut novel, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, and their story was interesting, but it wasn’t until after I’d written the third book in the series that they decided to talk to me.
4. When one of my writing friends or I are stuck in a story, we suggest that something in the story get burned down in order to get the plot unstuck. Do you have any interesting or drastic tricks that you use to get a stalled story moving?
It’s not a plan, but usually an unexpected event takes place. It could be another character showing up or doing something no one was thought they’d do, or something like that. My novels generally have at least a couple of plot lines.
5. What’s the weirdest research reference you’ve ever used?
LOL, probably the 1812 dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, and the Big Book of Filth. I also read some very old erotica. But quite frankly, that’s not uncommon in my genre.
6. What’s the strangest or most interesting/gross/startling fact you’ve uncovered in your research?
In the book I just sent to beta readers, I had to study the manumission laws in the West Indies. I was actually surprised to discover that the British, who’d already outlawed the slave trade, were the most liberal when it came to sheltering escaped slaves. My muse, who is much smarter than I, told me, but I had to do the research and prove it to myself. Other things involve ice and chocolate.
7. What is your proudest author moment?
Probably getting a cover quote from Grace Burrowes for the Seduction of Lady Phoebe.
8. What is your most cringeworthy author moment?
I haven’t had it yet, but don’t worry, Nationals are coming up so I’m sure to do something.
9. And finally, who do you think is the hottest actor in any Regency film or TV role?
Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane. Ella loves when friends connect with her
THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH ~ On pre-order now. Releases November 17, 2013
“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie
Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…
Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…
Excerpt from THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH
by Ella Quinn
Anna reached the morning room door and stopped when she heard Marcus ask how Sebastian felt about her. Mama always said one should never eavesdrop, but this was too tempting not to. Then he spoke, and Anna wished she’d not given in to the lure. If Sebastian expected her to be comfortable and take her lead from him, he didn’t know her at all. If that was what he wanted in a wife, it was not she. Even if she “came around,” she wouldn’t be what he wanted, and did she really wish to marry him at all? When had he become so stodgy?
She’d never even thought of marrying anyone but Sebastian. Her head swam for a moment as the reality of what he’d said struck her. He’d never be her husband. The dream she’d had since childhood of her future shattered like thin ice. She rapidly blinked back the tears pricking her eyes. She’d never felt so lost.