She may not have had anything more than book one written when she sold the first three books in the Tricks of the Ton series...but she sure has managed to connect all the stories and rope us readers in! Welcome back Elizabeth Michels!
Elizabeth: Aww, thank you so much! I’m so excited to be back!
Lexi: Have some wine and let’s toast your releases! You have kept up your crazy schedule and managed to write book three of your Tricks of the Ton series. Were there ever times you wondered if it would all click together?
Elizabeth: *clinks wine glasses with Lexi* Now that it’s written and on bookshelves, can I admit I wasn’t so sure I was going to be able to make everything come together? My family got an earful everyday about how I would never get this book written in time and how the characters were stubborn and misbehaving…but, then I somehow accomplished it and my family took turns telling me, “I told you so.” I think the most difficult part about writing a series is matching up information from book to book when they’re still being written. Dates, conversations, even the way a character changes throughout a book, it all has to match across the series. And now, of course, I’m doing it again with more books that link back to these three. But, I love these characters and this world, so it’s worth the toil. ;)
Lexi: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less has a very memorable meeting of the hero and heroine. It’s not every day a man lands on your potter’s wheel and crushes it! From that point on Andrew and Katie are doomed, to fall in love that is. But what a ride you give us readers. How much did you love writing Mr. Perfect, Andrew, and then giving him Katie to disrupt and rearrange his life?
Elizabeth: I loved it so, so, so much! I adore these characters! When Andrew first walked onto the scene in MUST LOVE DUKES, I knew he needed his own story and a lady who would turn his world upside down. It had to happen! He spent so much of his energy in that first book fixated on perfection only to have his life fall apart. I knew then that he needed Katie in his life. She is the opposite of everything he claims he’s looking for in a wife and yet she is everything he needs. It just takes 10 days trapped with her in the north Yorkshire moors for him to finally realize that fact. He is, so far, the most difficult character I’ve written and by far my favorite. *draws little hearts around Andy*
Lexi: You have Andy and Katie in this bubble, isolated from the ton. These two strong characters go at one another and eventually some each other’s edges. But they still have to face the ton. If I were in that situation I would lose my breakfast, and then my lunch. How did you incorporate the reality that was the ton and what it represented to the nobility of that time?
Elizabeth: I think I touched on it best in a scene toward the end of the book. Andrew is considering his options regarding Katie and wonders what type of wife she would be when surrounded by the ton.
…shouldn’t he consider such things? He was a lord. He owed it to his title, didn’t he? He couldn’t have an unfit Lady Amberstall. And she did have awful manners.
She would race horses through public streets. He would be known by all of society as the lord who had the wife who didn’t adhere to any rules.
But what would his life be like with a lady who was quiet, well-mannered, and not opposed to wearing dresses? He might have a contented life. But it wouldn’t be a life with Katie. Perhaps the proper thing to do was to let her leave and never look back. The problem was that he was damned tired of being proper.
This idea of the necessity for proper behavior in society is one that a few of their conversations center around. But, I like to think they face society together in the end, strengthened by one another’s imperfections. And perhaps, there will one day be house parties full of London society at Amber Hollow again—I hope because I really want to write that. LOL
Lexi: Despite the severity of the ton, you have written another fun historical romance. Just the way they should be. Which also makes us want more! So can you spill any beans here? Indulge us on some insider knowledge? Are there more books planned for the Tricks of the Ton series?
Elizabeth: Here are the spilled beans as I know them right now: I’m working on the next 4 books. I’m not sure if these books will be “Tricks of the Ton” or not, since I’m working on that little detail with my editor now. But, in my mind everything is linked and I’m writing an ongoing community of characters. So, right now I’m writing Roselyn Grey’s and Ethan Moore’s story which begins on the same estate where my current release takes place only a year earlier. From there, we travel to London for the season where we catch up with Evangeline Green, Isabelle Fairlyn and Victoria Fairlyn. These are such fun stories and I can’t wait to share them with you! I don’t have release dates yet, but I’m hoping to have that information soon. *fingers crossed*
Lexi: I can’t wait to see what else is bouncing around in your head! Thanks for stopping by again Elizabeth! Congrats on How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less!
Elizabeth: Thank you for hosting me here, Lexi! I always have a blast here on Reading Between the Wines. And, I look forward to coming back and chatting about my next book, which is still making its way out of my head and onto paper.
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