When reading a book full of heartache and strong emotions nothing breaks the tension better than a little comic relief.
Our guest today has a lovely knack for this...
Welcome Jane Ashford!
Lexi: Dare I spill one of your writing secrets? One that makes our hearts melt and become instantly attached to your characters? They, shall we say, sink their claws into our hearts?
Jane: I think any character who is the victim of undeserved misfortune gets a good start on that attachment. For instance, both Clare and Jamie in The Bride Insists are pretty much penniless through no fault of their own. I think many people can feel sympathy with that.
Lexi: I love when authors put animals/pets in their stories. Even more when the pets play a vital role to the plot! Your newest release, The Bride Insists, has a governess who inherits a fortune and marries to keep it. A nice story line...but I have to know, are there any animals?
Jane: There’s Randolph! He’s half wolfhound and half mastiff, the result of a misalliance between the vicar’s dog, who escaped his home turf, and one of the denizens of Mr. Fox’s kennel. Threatened with drowning at birth, Randolph the mongrel was saved by Jamie’s young sisters.
Lexi: Half wolfhound, half mastiff! I love him already so yes, yes I will have to read the book. It’s officially on my list! Who can resist this battle of wills when we know your lighthearted humor will be included. Do you have to work to insert humor or is it as much a part of your writing as breathing?
Jane: Well, I love a story with humor. I love some humor in life, for that matter! I think some of it comes out naturally, and then I build on that.
Lexi: You are a historical romance natural, you have found what works and you keep turning them out. Truly, quite the backlist you have! The Bride Insists may start out with a marriage of convenience, she gets her money and he gets to save his home then you let their passion grow. Do you think this mirrors life? People have a drive to obtain a goal. Then by interaction with others on the way to achieve the goal they discover that perhaps there is more meaning and depth to life?
Jane: I think that’s a very good point. People’s goals and ambitions change as they form bonds. Other people, particularly people they love or come to love, are added to the equation. They learn and grow, and the goals shift.
Lexi: So true to life. Thanks for stopping by today Jane, and relieving my worry about not having any pets in The Bride Insists! Congrats on your release!
Jane: Thanks for having me on the blog!
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