Please help me welcome author Lecia Cornwall to the blog today! I think you’ll enjoy her guest post because she’s interviewed herself. I enjoyed her questions and her answers…especially the answer to her question about overused words…lol 🙂 And don’t you absolutely love her book cover for her release What A Lady Desires!?
Don’t forget to sign up for her giveaway at the end of the post!!
And we have a bonus giveaway! Please see the beautiful picture at the end of the post for a gorgeous bracelet from the Victorian Trading Company. This bracelet is valued at $59. All you need to do is leave a comment with a valid email address and one lucky commenter from Lecia’s tour will WIN!
Take it away Lecia…
ASK ME ANYTHING
It’s lovely to be here today with you at Christine’s words! I’m often sent questionnaires and lists of interview questions for guest appearances like this one. This time I thought I’d create my own interview to share with you.
Have you ever seen the Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair Magazine? Each month the editors ask a celebrity a list of deep and thought-provoking questions. The answers are sometimes funny, sometimes serious (check out David Bowie’s hilarious responses at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/07/10/david-bowie-proust-questionnaire-vanity-fair/). You can even take the Proust questionnaire yourself at http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/proust-questionnaire.
For today’s blog, I thought I’d interview me about my life and the inspiration behind WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES. Some of the questions come from the Proust Questionnaire, and others are made up. So without further ado, here’s my Proust(ish) interview.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love the endless variety, the new ideas, and the challenge of shaping vague thoughts into a novel. I also love the aha! moments that come while writing—times when a character will suddenly do something I didn’t plan, but turns out to be far better. Also, seeing my books in print, with my name on the cover and my words inside, is an incredible thrill.
What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
Perhaps it’s my age (52) or my historical mindset, but technology and social media have been lo-o-ong learning curves for me. I love to connect with readers, but sometimes pushing the right buttons and getting to the right places on the web is a challenge. I still don’t really get ‘The Cloud”. Thank heaven for my young adult children, and their infinite patience! According to my son, the cloud is a server farm in California—now that I understand!
What is your greatest extravagance?
Books! I have never left a bookstore without at least one new book. I have more books than my bookshelves can hold. My iPad is full of sample chapters.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d choose to make my home in Scotland (for the warm people, the setting, and the culture), or on a farm in Normandy (for the setting and the proximity to Paris, or in New Zealand (I hear it’s very much like my own country, Canada—and they have Hobbits! 🙂
What are the most overused words?
Twenty-four-seven, back in the day, and Bieber.
What is your most treasured possession?
What qualities do you admire most in a man?
He must be tall, intelligent and have a sense of humor. I include those characteristics in every hero I write—including Stephen Ives in WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES—along with a character flaw he must overcome. All my heroes have gray eyes. (Why? Think of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in Lord of The Rings—that’s why!)
What qualities do you admire most in a woman?
Bravery, honesty, intelligence, femininity. My fictional heroines are brave and resourceful enough to rescue themselves if necessary, smart enough to match wits with their hero (or the villain), equal to him in intelligence, and have the feminine essence that complements his masculine one.
Who is your favorite character in fiction?
There are so many characters to choose from, but probably Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, or Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Both have a lot of growing and adapting to do to reach their heroic potential.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Anne Boleyn. I see her as a woman misunderstood by her time. As for me, I just think I was born in the wrong period of history by some dreadful cosmic mistake!
Who are your heroes in real life?
People who are brave enough to stand up and speak out against wrongdoing and evil.
What is your motto?
If you can’t be a good example, serve as a horrible warning.
Now it’s your turn to ask me anything!
I love hearing for readers. Please leave a comment or a question below for a chance to win a signed copy of HOW TO DECIVE A DUKE, the first book in the Temberlay series. Or, you can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecia-Cornwall/147981455226519?ref=hl
To read an excerpt from WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES, drop by my website at www.leciacornwall.com.
On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.
After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.
As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/what-lady-most-desires-temberlay-3-by.html
Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.
*Avon is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for Print Copy of THE SECRET LIFE OF LADY JULIA by Lecia Cornwall*
***BONUS GIVEAWAY FOR VICTORIAN TRADING COMPANY BRACELET***