Thursday, September 6, 2018

#Interview with author Charis Michaels of All Dressed in White

Labor Day has just passed us by, so I hope that you got to wearing all of your summer-white beforehand! And speaking of wearing white, today we’ll be talking about All Dressed in White, the second book in the Brides of Belgravia series. Please join me in welcoming Charis Michaels!

Lexi: Congratulations on the release of All Dressed in White! But maybe we should be congratulating you on surviving the writing of such an emotionally packed book! There is a lot of feeling tucked in these pages. Were there any moments you teared up while typing the words?

Oh wow what a great question. I’m glad the emotion came through. I suppose I might have gotten a little choked up when I was writing the very last chapter, when Tessa finally has a confrontation that brings her full circle. I dare not say more to prevent spoilers, but if I did cry, these were tears of pride and also healing. I love a winner in the end.

Lexi: The last time you stopped by the blog you talked about writing a virgin heroine and in All Dressed in White, you tackle a serious subject matter, rape. Did writing All Dressed in White stretch your writing skills?

I’d say it more stretched my own understanding of how a young woman can become confused about who’s to blame in the situation of an attack. Even now, we know “never blame the victim,” although I believe many young women do consider attacks of this nature to be their fault—certainly society often does. I spent a lot of time considering how and why this happens, then and now, and how our heroine could overcome it.

Lexi: In All Dressed in White the heroine recounts the rape, so different for books that show it on the page, but what are your thoughts on content warnings? Both as a reader and an author?

The scene where the heroine reveals to the hero that she was attacked is one of my favorites in the book, and I hope readers find it compelling, too. The emotional driver of the story is the heroine’s response to the attack, so any discussion of it was meant to show how she felt about it afterwards and how she recovered from it, rather than how it went down. I’m not sure I’ve ever read an in-the-moment account of an attack, but any time I come to a passage that is too much for me in any book, I’m a skipper-over-er. (And in movies I cover my eyes and plug my ears!)

Lexi: We’ve been talking about the heavy stuff but let’s not discount the sweet moments between Tessa and her hero, Joseph. Were there any cute moments that ended up on the cutting room floor that you really loved?

You know, many times I am forced to cut for length, but nearly every scene I wrote made it all the way into the book, for which I am grateful. (It’s painful for me to cut!) I love the piano scene at Berymede, I love the picnic scene in Hyde Park, I love the carriage ride to Abbottsford Cottage. When I look back on the book, I don’t think of it as heavy or dark, but light and hopeful. This interview is making me feel like I’ve written something that might be kind of…I don’t know…substantial and meaningful to some, and I’m happy to take that, too! I hope I do the emotions justice.

Lexi: Thank you so much, Charis, for stopping by the blog! We are very excited for All Dressed in White! Congrats again and cheers!

Well thank you so much for featuring me! It’s been a pleasure!

35230457All Dressed in White
(The Brides of Belgravia #2)
by Charis Michaels
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Avon Impulse
ISBN 0062685813
Self-made shipping magnate Joseph Chance never planned on falling in love. He simply needed financing for a new business venture and a marriage of convenience provides it. Then he meets Tessa St. Croix, his future bride, and is instantly smitten. But when the angelic beauty reveals a life-changing secret on their wedding night, Joseph thinks maybe some dreams shouldn’t come true. He leaves England, reconciling himself to a detached, convenient marriage after all.

Eleven months later, Tessa Chance has built a new life for herself in the heart of London. She’s learned her new husband's business and is determined to support herself and her responsibilities. When Joseph returns to London unexpectedly, nothing is as he imagined. His estranged wife has become the one person who can help him secure his company’s future, and her allure can tempt him still. Determined and hopeful, Tessa jumps at the chance to prove herself and justify the secret that tore them apart.

Although bruised pride and broken hearts lie between them, Joseph and Tessa realize the love they once felt has never truly left. If they can learn to forgive each other, they’ll soon discover the truest love can heal all wounds.

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About the Author:
CHARIS MICHAELS is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

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