Hi Julie, thanks for taking the time for this interview. WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE is so awesome that we wanted to know more!
Q: Where did you get the inspiration for the Pennyroyal Green series?
Well, I wanted to create a kind of panoramic premise—Regency playground for me as an author if you will ;), a world that readers would want to visit time and again—and one that would allow me enough delicious latitude to do what I hope I do best, write unique characters who will inevitably fall in love in memorably passionate ways. I wanted it to theoretically yield countless stories—like, oh, a long-running television series. And I loved the notion of two powerful, feuding aristocratic families at the center of it bound by ancient secrets and one juicy alleged curse: that an Eversea and a Redmond are destined to fall in love once per generation with disastrous results.
Colin Eversea's story (in The Perils of Pleasure) helped me launch the series, because I pictured him going to the gallows, and the two families waiting for him to hang—each with entirely different feelings about the whole thing, and lots of undercurrents, thanks to Lyon Redmond's disappearance, all allegedly because Olivia Eversea broke his heart. It all unfurled from there!
Q: Will we ever see the main characters in the previous books taking a meatier role in future books? For example, we'd love to see more of our favorite couples, Violet and Asher, and of course, Genevieve and Alex, in more substantial roles in future installments!
I'd love to do that! In fact, Even as I focus on central story and romance for a particular hero and heroine, I can feel the town and the characters that bind it together, their back stories, their future stories, on the periphery of my awareness. I know all about Samuel Heron...
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