Book Interview on February 2011
Hi Lorraine, thanks for this in-depth view of Stephen and Mercy!
Q: How did the idea for this series--London's Greatest Lovers--came about?
As strange as it may seem, I first envisioned the duchess and her story. However, she was an older character and her story involved most of her life. I decided I wanted to tell it through the eyes of her sons. It didn't quite work out the way I'd planned as her sons were quite strong characters and they wanted their own stories told, but I did manage to weave hers throughout the series. Plus I love writing about brothers; these were a little different since two of them held titles. And while they all had the same mother, were raised in the same household, they still managed to be very different from each other, and that made them fun to work with.
Q: What can you tell us about Stephen and Mercy that would enable us to understand and sympathize with them?
Stephen begins as the playboy type who is all about fun...[while] Mercy has always been responsible, but also a bit of a dreamer...
I enjoyed working with these characters because Stephen is desperate to regain memories that Mercy longs to forget. So it sets up a different dynamic for them than anything I've ever written about before. Stephen has to be willing to give up his quest into the past in order to bring happiness to Mercy. He has to be put her needs above his. Yet she holds the key to unlocking many of his memories. She has to be willing to go through the pain of that for him. What price do you pay for...
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