It’s my pleasure to once again introduce another fabulous Bluestocking Belle author Caroline Warfield. I just recently read her book, Dangerous Works, and let me tell you I couldn’t put it down. Talk about a book hangover!! I can’t wait to read her most recent release. Let’s learn a little bit about Caroline and her new book Dangerous Secretes and thanks for being on my blog today!
How long have you been writing?
A very long time—I wrote my share of fan fiction in elementary school, and I ‘ve produced my fair share of professional writing, mostly for library publications. I once worked as a tech writer. I didn’t start writing fiction, however, until my forties. I think I lacked the courage. Once I identified myself as a writer of romance, it got easier. Membership in a local RWA chapter exposed me to good writing, good advice and good friends.
What genre (s) do you write?
I write historical stories. I have a medieval historical novel I work on in fits and starts and I have three finished (but unpublished) middle grade novels that take place in the first half of the twentieth century.
My published works are entirely romances set in the regency era but differ from traditional regency in story line and settings. My most recent is about a reluctant baron who is also a down on his luck major. He is not the powerful duke typical of many romance tropes. He has fled to Rome to hide from some rather nasty mistakes. He won’t go to friends for help because he doesn’t want them to know what he has done. When a woman hires him to be her interpreter, he gets an opportunity for redemption. There are no London drawing rooms, no carriages in Hyde Park, and no complex marriage strategies. There are formal dinners and a ball, but they take place in a Roman Palazzo, not a London townhouse.
What genre do you like to read?
I am a voracious reader. Lately I read a lot of historical mysteries. I still read historical romance and historical novels. Yes, there is a theme to that. History is my chosen fantasy world. I often have a biography or other historical non-fiction going at the same time.
Do you feel that writing and reading in the same genre helps or hinders your writing?
To the extent that it feeds my imagination, it helps very much. As long as I am able to go below the surface and consider how real people might have lived their lives in the era I’ve chosen to write about, it helps. If I start repeating other writers’ stories too closely, I’ll know it is hurting.
What is your favorite part of writing?
The best of it is imagining the characters, finding ways to put them to the test (or as some writers say “torture them”;). I love to get that first draft down. I more or less write by the seat of my pants. I can’t plan the entire plot of a book because I don’t know where the characters want to take it until I start to write. I begin with the characters and get to know and care them. I also usually begin with a clearly thought out ending and a setting.
I’ve learned to look for the key turning points, especially what Bell calls the “Mirror Moment,” and, of course the black moment. Once I have the bones of a framework in mind, I just write. I have to track the outline as I go, fleshing out the scenes and tracking timelines, ages, places and so on.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing. I always do at least two editorial passes but I don’t like it. I don’t self publish because I believe the work needs the tender mercies of a good editor, something I am not. I may eventually hire an editor for self-publishing but so far the economics haven’t been there for me.
How many books have your written? Do you have a series planned?
I have two published works. Dangerous Works and Dangerous Secrets are loosely connected. Each one stands alone, but some characters appear in both books.
Tell us what else you have for us coming in the future and where readers can find you.
Dangerous Weakness, the third book in the series tells the story of the Marquess of Glenaire. He is the interfering brother of Dangerous Works and managing friend in Dangerous Secrets. He means well but he always thinks he knows what is best for everyone. There is nothing he can’t fix, or so he says. In Dangerous Weakness, I had fun humbling him. The story also takes him to some dicey Mediterranean ports and the Ottoman Court in Constantinople. The manuscript is at Soul Mate Publishing and it may be on the schedule for publication late in 2015.
I am currently writing a prequel to the series about the Earl of Chadbourn, whose wedding occurs in Dangerous Works. It is a holiday novella.
Soul Mate Publishing, March 18, 2015
Sensuality Level moderate
Major Lord James Heyworth fled to Rome. Behind him lie disgrace, shame, and secrets he is desperate to keep even from powerful friends in London. He accepts employment as an interpreter just to have money to eat. Nora Haley, his employer is a widow. She came to Rome to help her dying brother and protect his daughter. She can’t trust any man who drinks. She had enough of that in her marriage. She fears deception will destroy everything she desires. Either one, however, will dare anything for the tiny girl in their care. Will love—and the truth—bind them both together?
Ah. No tower. The niece is imprisoned in a—Good Lord!
“You are taking me to a convent?” he gasped.
“I must have been ‘much the worse for drink’ indeed, if I agreed to that.”
“You did agree. You gave me your word,” she insisted.
And so it begins.