Thursday, December 13, 2012

Interview with historical romance author Wendy Soliman

Today we have historical romance author Wendy Soliman.  Welcome to RomFan Wendy!

Tell us a little about your new release Compromising the Marquess. 
It’s the first in a four-book series contracted by Carina Press. Hal Forster, Marquess of Denby, has his life turned on its well-organised head when Leah Elliott and her sister move to Denby. Leah keeps the wolf from the door by writing gossip for a scandal sheet and in a small place like Denby, Hal becomes an immediate target for her scorching pen.

Unfortunately she gets things wrong, almost trapping Hal into an unwanted betrothal. She suggests that they put matters right by Leah posing as Hal’s paramour. But things are never that straight forward, are they?

What can we see coming from you in the future? 
Books two three and four in this series. The second, Beguiling the Barrister, is Hal’s sister’s story. It’s a courtroom drama, regency style, since the man Flick decided she would eventually marry when she was only twelve is a high-profile barrister at the Old Bailey. All she has to do now is convince Darius now to allow ambition to stand in the way of his happiness.

Do you travel when researching your books? If yes, where is the most interesting place you’ve visited? 
I travel, but not necessarily for research, although I maintain that I gained my love of history without realizing it, due to being brought up on the Isle of Wight, surrounded by a plethora of historic buildings. Anyway, nowadays Andorra is home and we divide our time between there, Florida and anywhere else that takes my husband’s fancy.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published? 
About eighteen months. I was fortunate enough to join the British Romantic Novelists’ Association and, with their help, got my first five Regencies accepted by a small London publisher. Since then I’ve adopted e-books and haven’t looked back.

What books or authors have most influenced your life? 
Oh, that’s easy. Jane Austen, of course, and Georgette Heyer. I also love Daphne duMaurier’s work and, more up to date, Sandra Brown and Judith McNaught.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
Having enough hours in the day to put down on paper all the ideas rattling about inside my head! Truly, I never have to force myself to write. If I’m not actually doing so, then I’m either thinking about my plot while I do the ironing, or I’m reading someone else’s books. I guess you could say that books are my life.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task? 
Okay, this is a secret but I know I can trust you to keep it to yourself. I also write erotica as Zara Chase for SirenBookStrand and turn out one a month as well as working on my regencies.

When not writing, how do you relax? 
I walk miles every day with my beloved dog, I visit the gym a couple of times a week and read voraciously. I’m also on a one-woman mission to save the wine industry from the worldwide economic downturn!

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

A vivid imagination, freedom of expression, a decent laptop and, vitally, the internet. How did we ever do our research before it came along?

What’s a guilty pleasure you have? 
As well as the wine? Oh dear, chocolate. I think it ought to be available on the British National Health system!

What’s the perfect romantic evening? 
My husband doing the cooking and me reading a ‘can’t-put-down’ book. Simple pleasures!

Please share any links you would like listed in the Interview. Website, blog, facebook, yahoo group etc.

Find me here on the web:

Facebook: Wendy Soliman – Author

Twitter: @wendyswriter

I’m giving away a copy of Compromising the Marquess. Just leave a message here saying what you most enjoy about Regency romances. Good luck!

Compromising the Marquess available from Carina Press $1.99 and Barnes and Noble

Thanks so much for having me here.


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  1. Thank you for hosting Wendy today! :)

  2. Very nice interview. Sounds like a fun way to relax.