December 10, 2012

Author Interview PLUS G!veaway With Wendy Soliman



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 Back Cover Blurb:
Leah Elliott and her sister Bethany remove to the south coast, where Leah makes a living by picking up tidbits of gossip for a scandal sheet about the local family of consequence, the Forsters. She erroneously reports that the marquess, Hal Forster, is about to marry a local lady. To make up for her mistake, Leah offers to act as Hal’s paramour. In return he agrees to educate her in matters of romantic love, acting out scenes from Fanny Hill, a book which they have both read. Leah discovers that Hal has a young Frenchman hidden on his boat, which makes her suspicious. During a grand ball at Forster Hall, the Frenchman kidnaps Leah, using her to lure Hal into a trap. Using her wits,
Leah manages to warn the man she has fallen in love with that he’s in deadly peril. Managing to overcome his foes, Hal concentrates on discovering the truth behind the fire that killed Leah’s father and supposedly destroyed the rare books he so treasured. His efforts lead them both into
more danger when they have a deadly confrontation with a scoundrel at an inn in the backstreets of London. Deeply in love with his feisty scribe, Hal proposes marriage. Leah realizes that true love simply doesn’t recognise the class divide invented by society and joyously accepts him.







1) Can you introduce yourself to readers and tell us all a fun fact about yourself?



Hi, I’m Wendy Soliman, a British writer now dividing my time between Andorra and Florida. I live with my husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree named Jake Bentley after the hero in one of my books. That’s because they’re both good looking mongrels with independent spirits and naughty streaks!



2) Now that we have met you can you tell readers about Compromising The Marquess?



Compromising the Marquess is the first in a four-book series charting the fortunes of the Forster dynasty. Each book tells the story of one of the four siblings. As Marquess, Hal gets to go first. He dodges predatory females left right and centre when in London but doesn’t see himself in any danger from Leah Elliott, an impecunious ‘poor relation’ who has recently moved to Denby on the south coast of England, close to Hal’s country seat. When she causes all sorts of problems by spreading false rumours about his imminent betrothal, they’re thrown together in the most unlikely fashion.


3)  I am a HUGE historical romance fan and I always wonder what kind of research authors have to put into writing this genre. How much  and what kind of research went into making Compromising The Marquees to ensure it is time accurate?


I got the idea for Compromising the Marquess when watching Prince William’s wedding. It got me thinking about his mother and how she was hounded to her death by the press. That, in turn, got me thinking about the origins of what we now know as the ‘tabloid press’.



I discovered that the famous Times started life as the Daily Universal Register. John Waters, the man who founded it, underwent a huge loss due to a hurricane in Jamaica. He had enough money left to buy the patent rights to a typesetting process and started an advertising sheet to promote the process, including minor news items. I wonder if he realized just what he’d set in motion?



4) What was your muse or inspiration for Compromising The Marquess?



I wanted Leah, my penniless heroine, to be strong and unafraid to cross swords with the marquess on equal terms, even though they were far from equal in reality. She has a beautiful singing voice, which keeps her on the marquess’s good side. I was brought up on opera—my father was a great fan—and my thoughts were with him a lot as I wrote this book.



5) What are some historical novels/writers you enjoy reading?



Georgette Heyer is a great influence. So too is Eloisa James and my all time favourite has to be Daphne duMaurier. I greatly admire the way she managed to write both contemporary and historical novels with equal flair.



6) Here at Book Whore we play a little game called celeb match up. If Compromising The Marqueess was made into a movie what actors would play Leah and Hal?



Oh goodness, I’ve been asked this question before and it’s a tough one to answer because famous people would be very disappointed with me. I wouldn’t recognize them, you see, since I seldom watch films. I prefer to read. Still, let’s think. For Leah, perhaps a young Julia Roberts. And Hal absolutely has to be Pierce Brosnan.



Compromising the Marquess by Wendy Soliman now available from Carina Press at just $1.99 http://bit.ly/TA6VOg Amazon.com http://amzn.to/TZgDHT and Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/QllKUf



I’m giving a copy of Compromising the Marquess away. Just leave a comment here, along with your contact details, saying what you most enjoy about Regency romance. Good luck!



Find me at these places: www.wendysoliman.com

Wendysoliman.blogspot.com

Facebook: Wendy Soliman – Author

Twitter: @wendyswriter



Thanks so much for having me here.



Wendy


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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting Wendy today! :)

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  3. I love going back in time and being able to picture myself in the granger of the with the added drama of whats happening on the pages.

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  4. Great interview, I really enjoyed this book

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  5. I enjoy the manners and the clothing.

    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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  6. I love the elegance of the period; everything from the speech, the people, the settings & that the simplest & smallest things are romantic

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  7. love the elegance of the period; everything from the speech, the people, the settings & that the simplest & smallest things are romantic

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  8. The characters and their dry wit and the locations where the story is set.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. Keep the comments coming.

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  10. I love everything about Regency romance, but especially the heroes & rakes.

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