Nights of Passion is thrilled to interview the author of the new release in historical intrigue romance To Kill A Monarch.
Gerri Brousseau is going to answer all kinds of in-depth questions for us today.
Thank you so much for inviting me to guest blog today, Susan. I’m usually sitting on the other side of the desk here at Nights of Passion.
Before we get started, Gerri, please, share a little about yourself with our readers.
Well, let’s see. There really isn’t too much to tell. I was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, and I attended Central Connecticut State University. One night after a strange dream about a dream catcher, I was inspired to write According To Legend. Most of the novel was written while I commuted on the train. Since that time, I have also written A Pirate’s Ransom and To Kill a Monarch. I’m signed with Soul Mate Publishing.
Now for the book which has just been released on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook.
Where did you get the idea behind To Kill A Monarch?
God only knows. One day I was thinking what if an assassin was sent to kill the king. Oh, but who would ever do such a thing? Well, Napoleon. My mind was spinning like a top at that point and the plot hatched. Before I knew it I was typing.
I love the whole intrigue premise. Why did you chose that time in history?
I chose that time because that would have been about the time Napoleon would have done such a thing. Did he? There is nothing in history to say he had. Could he have? Yes.
As usual, he started talking to me. My characters get antsy and want to get their story told.
You write wonderful love scenes. Give our readers an insight to writing a love scene. How do you know it’s right? Too much? Not enough?
Thank you. That’s quite a compliment. It is my thinking that a love scene should be in the story where necessary. I have read some novels that have sex scenes in them just for the sake of having a sex scene. Because, let’s face it, sex sells. But in my book, the love scenes are the general progression of an adult romantic relationship. When I write a love scene, I close my eyes, place my fingers on the keyboard. I allow my mind to run free and simply type what I see in my mind’s eye. I try to keep the language of the scene in line with the time period of the book, for example, there would not be any current slang terms for body parts. I think if the scene becomes vulgar, it’s too much. If you don’t bring the scene to completion, then it’s not enough.
Your heroine was lots of fun. Is she based on a person? How did you come up with Charlotte?
Miss Charlotte Winston appeared in my mind one day. She is not based on anyone in particular, but I do believe there is a part of me in each of my heroines.
What scenes were the most difficult to write?
For me, the most difficult thing is spinning the story, luring the reader in, and not spilling the entire tale in the very first paragraph. I have to concentrate on dropping just the right amount of information to keep the readers guessing.
What is unique about writing a historical intrigue romance?
There are no electronic devices. If this were a modern day intrigue there would be listening devices, cell phones, and computers. Back in the day, there were no such devices. If you wanted to ask someone who lived across town a question, you wrote a note and sent a messenger or you went to call on them.
Now some fun silly questions! Please, answer quickly and honestly.
What is your favorite perfume or cologne?
I never wear it.
What is our favorite flower?
Pink sweetheart roses.
Who is your favorite spy in books or movies?
That would be 007, of course.
What is your favorite flavor?
Of what? Ice Cream, Vanilla. Pie, Cherry; Candy, Chocolate; I’m very fond of Coffee, Italian food, and I adore Pineapple.
What is your favorite furry companion(s)?
The pugs. My little female thinks she’s my muse. I simply don’t have the heart to tell her differently.
What is your favorite ice cream?
Right now I’m very fond of Vanilla Chocolate Chip and love Pistachio.
What movie makes you scream?
Oh, I never watch scary movies.
Now please, share with us an excerpt of To Kill A Monarch and don’t tease. Well, maybe a little bit.
“Our dinner is getting cold, Mister Hamilton,” Charlotte whispered as she leaned against him.
He drew her into his embrace. “To hell with dinner, Charlotte,” he whispered into his kiss. Lifting her into his arms, he carried her upstairs to the bedroom they shared.
He set her feet gently upon the floor, but his lips never left hers. He ran his hand up her back, pressing her to him, molding her body to his, while his fingers fumbled with the tiny buttons that ran up the back of her gown.
Her delicate and nimble fingers had unbuttoned his waistcoat and shirt, and she rested the palm of her warm hand upon his exposed chest. His breath caught in his throat at her touch. She drew her lips from his. “Mister Hamilton, allow me help you out of these damp clothes,” she purred.
To Kill A Monarch can be purchased at www.soulmatepublishing.com,
Amazon (for Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EOC3CGY
and B&N (for Nook) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-kill-a-monarch-gerri-brousseau/1116560093?ean=2940148743316
Gerri, what’s next after To Kill A Monarch?
I’m working on three projects right now. The sequel to To Kill a Monarch, which my publisher has asked for; a YA series; and a Civil War romance. What’s next for me is finding an agent.
Now for the contest: One randomly drawn commenter who says, “Shh, it’s a secret,” in this comment box will win an e-book of To Kill a Monarch. The contest end at noon Eastern Time on Friday, August 23, 2013 . This contest is void where prohibited by law. Good luck, everyone.
Thanks so much, Gerri, for the revealing interview.
Thanks for inviting me to share with our readers, Susan.
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Susan Hanniford Crowley