We’re crazy excited about today’s guest. It’s not every day we get to chat with one of the staples in historical romance and yes, dear reader, you’re right—that means we’re talking to the one and only Eloisa James!!
WILDE CHILD isn’t the first book in this series to have a woman wearing breeches. Betsy is sporting a pair on the cover of SAY NO TO THE DUKE. But this time it’s her sister, Joan, who is conniving her way into a pair. And for those of us following the series, we’ve been waiting for the blonde-headed Wilde child to have her story because the Wildes all have dark hair…except for Joan who appeared after her mother ran off with a Prussian. How does her questionable parentage affect Joan?
Being known to be the daughter of the handsome (yellow-haired) Prussian who stole away a duchess has an effect on a child, of course. Many people might grow up feeling shamed, but Joan is confident in being loved, and comfortable in her skin. I would say that it made her feel free: for example, since Thaddeus could never marry her, she can be herself around him. Since young women are all nervous around a future duke, he finds that part of her personality enthralling.
We’re loving how Joan throws propriety to the wind and goes after what she wants, which is to perform on stage before a real audience. And we absolutely love that Joan will be performing Hamlet while her real life is a reflection of Hamlet. Which theme in Hamlet is your favorite?
That’s a hard question! Right at the moment I’m very interested in the fact that “Hamlet” the character is so malleable: there are violent Hamlets, and clinically depressed Hamlets, and loving Hamlets. So much depends on the actor and director! There is no answer to “Who is Hamlet?”.
Okay, we admit that last question was a pretty loaded one to ask a tenured Shakespeare professor. But character motives are so interesting! That’s why we love reading your books, the characters! You’re sailing through this series with WILDE CHILD being book six. Do you have a favorite character from the collection, or one that hangs out in the back of your mind nagging for you to write their story?
I do love Lady Knowe. Readers constantly ask for her story—almost as much as they ask whether Horatius is really dead. I have to say that Horatius… now that would be a fun story. Amnesia? Kidnapping? But meanwhile, I have a wonderful new series coming. The first novel is How to be a Wallflower, a sequel to My American Duchess. I can’t wait to see what people think!
With every release in The Wildes of Lindow Castle we have a new favorite character, which really boils down to pretty please, Eloisa, don’t stop writing!! Congrats on the release of WILDE CHILD. We’ll be eagerly waiting for your next book to drop in June, LIZZIE & DANTE, under author name Mary Bly and also keeping an eye out for your next historical romance! Cheers!
Thank you so much, Lexi!