Ah November is here, the stores have skipped right over Thanksgiving and put up Christmas items. So why not have Grace Burrowes stop by and talk about Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight! Welcome Grace!
GB: Welcome, and season’s greetings (well sorta).
Lexi: Yay, we get another one of the Duke of Moreland’s daughters! Out of them all do you have a favorite, or are you trying to not play favorites?
GB: Oh… must I? Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight is my favorite so far, though we have a couple daughters yet to go. Something about Sir Joseph, about the way he gets Louisa’s tenderheartedness when nobody else sees it, and the way she recognizes him for the romantic that he is… These two people are special, and their story is special too.
Lexi: I like picking favorites, and your hero Sir Joseph Carrington sounds like he could be a front runner for me. Reciting poetry, waltzing under the night sky, and a hot make out session. Sign me up! When writing Carrington did you wish you would end up under some mistletoe with him?
GB: As an author, I’m more likely to wish him under the mistletoe with the right fictional lady, but yes. If Louisa had failed to recognize her good fortune, I would have been at the head of the line waiting to console Joseph.
Lexi: Did you have to do a lot of research for this series? And if you did, have you found any fun Christmassy traditions you have added to your family’s routine?
GB: I’d never heard of the tradition of waiting in the manger until midnight to see if the farm animals truly speak, but my daughter liked that one (though no, the horses did not break out in Shakespearean sonnets). I suspect anything that keeps a kid up past bedtime is worth trying at least once, and the hot chocolate tastes better when you can’t feel your toes.
Lexi: Christmas is a wonderful holiday. So many events and traditions to pull family/lovers together. Do you like writing holiday themed romances, or do you find them trickier?
GB: Both. Readers have expectations for all genre fiction, but Christmas stories have a set of parameters all their own. That said, the tropes and traditions can also enrich the story significantly, and then too, there is that mistletoe…
Lexi: Tricky or not, we sure enjoy your holiday historical romances! So I do hope you continue to write them. Thanks for stopping by for a few questions Grace. I look forward to seeing your next release soon!
GB: Thank you, and as far as I know, the plan is to wind up the Windham series with Lady Eve’s Indiscretion in February 2013, and one more Christmas story next year, for Lady Jenny (October 2013). See everybody around the wassail bowl then!
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