Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club, an as-regular-as-real-life-permits feature in which I explore reading and writing romance in the tropics by interviewing authors who live there. […]
On Friday, I reviewed début author Minerva Spencer’s Dangerous, book one in her series, The Outcasts. I remember being a bit sceptical when the book first appeared on my radar; I’ve become increasingly wary of historical romances touting danger and adventure over the past couple of years, as so many of them have been disappointing – too full of plot, not enough focus on the characters and their relationship. Plus, a heroine kidnapped by pirates and sold to a sultan? Had we somehow gone Back to the Future and the 1980s bodice ripper when I wasn’t looking? For whatever reason, I decided to read the book and, as I said in my review, after the first few pages realised my preconceptions had been entirely misplaced, and, once I’d finished, that I wanted to know a bit more […]
I read my first Sherry Thomas book–Private Arrangements–in 2009 and that was it for me. So when Berkley asked if I wanted to interview her at RWA, I had to restrain myself from not replying yesyesyesyes… in ALL CAPS.
Sherry’s journey as a writer fascinates me. As her website says, “English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Rogers’ Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary.” She’s written some of the best historical romance out there, published a knock-out YA trilogy and, come the fall, will tell the story of Sherlock Holmes from a whole new perspective.
In person, Sherry is warm and wry. She and I talked about Austin–where she and her family live–, the Fitzhugh trilogy (She’s justifiably proud of Ravishing the Heiress), and what her childhood in China was like–she has only lovely memories. I asked her if […]