First of all, thank you for inviting me to be your guest.
AUTHOR: Rosemary Morris
BOOK TITLE:The Captain and The Countess
GENRE: Traditional Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
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Q. Please tell us about yourself.
A. I am the author of Sunday’s Child & False Pretences set in the Regency era, Tangled Love, Far Beyond Rubies and The Captain and The Countess which are set in Queen Anne Stuart’s reign – 1702-1714. My love of historical fiction & non-fiction led to writing novels. To research, I read non-fiction, visit museums and other places of historical interest. To view book trailers and read extracts from my novels visit www.rosemarymorris.co.uk. I would be happy to hear from you.
Q. Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
A. I write full time. I begin writing at 6 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. or later, with time out for breakfast and cups of herbal tea. If I am not going out or socializing I work for an hour or two after lunch and for several hours in the late afternoon and early evening.
Q. When and why did you begin writing?
A. From earliest childhood my world was peopled by imaginary characters. I can’t remember a time when I did not compose stories. As soon as I learned to write I wrote stories.
Q. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
A. I am as passionate about my organic garden, in which I grow fruit, herbs and vegetables, which are put to good use in my vegetarian cuisine, as I am about writing, reading historical fiction and non-fiction and visiting places of historical interest. I also enjoy knitting and dabbling in various crafts. Above all I treasure time spent with my family and friends.
Q. What are your thoughts about promotion?
A, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I have met so many people through promotion and, of course I enjoy hearing from and replying to my wonderful readers; on the other hand, promotion is very time consuming and eats into the time at which I would prefer to be writing a novel.
Q. Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
A. My publisher is MuseItUp publishing an excellent Canadian small press publisher that I connected to through networking.
Q. What are your current projects?
A. I am writing Monday’s Child which is a follow on book from my traditional Regency novel. I am also revising the first novel of a trilogy set in the reign of Edward II.
Q. What do you plan for the future?
A. At the moment, I am making notes on Tuesdays Child, a follow on novel from Monday’s Child, which I have nearly finished. I’m also playing with the idea of writing a follow on novel to Far Beyond Rubies. I would also like to write a novel about Vikings, with a very strong hero and heroine who are not stereotyped.
Q. How can we find you? Website, Facebook?
A. You can find me on my website where you can view my book trailers, read the first three chapters of each of my novels and some of the reviews.
Q. What genre do you write in and why?
A. I write traditional historical romance, by which I mean I do not open the bedroom door wide.
There is a gigantic canvas to select from. I chose England in the reign of Queen Anne Stuart, 1702-1714, the ever popular Regency, and (for an as yet unpublished novel) the reign of Edward II when it is said that ‘the flower of English chivalry was lost at the Battle of Bannockburn.’
I chose these periods to set my novels in because each of them affected the course of history. If the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession and The Duke of Wellington had not defeated Napoleon at The Battle of Waterloo the history of Britain and that of Europe would have been very different, and also had far-reaching consequences for other countries. If Edward II had won the Battle of Bannockburn, Robert the Bruce would have probably been killed. It is feasible that the king would most likely have conquered Scotland and, perhaps, as it is claimed, he would not have been murdered.
Q. Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
A. I am promoting the Captain and The Countess set in the reign of Queen Anne Stuart 1702 – 1714. The novel is romantic but also, in the words of one of my reviewers: “the book describes well the lack of power women had in those times, showing the distress and frustration Kate (the heroine) suffers when, as a woman, she is denied by a man's ignorance and another's greed, that which she most ardently desires and should have by right."
Q. Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
A. I don’t write a detailed outline but once I have an idea for the plot and theme I spend a long time considering them. Before I begin writing I know what the beginning, middle and end of the novel will be.
Q. What comes first: the plot or characters?
A. Before I begin the novel I complete detailed character profiles for the main characters. By the time I write the first word I know them as well as I know members of my family.
Q. Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?
A. Yes, it did. My overcrowded bookshelves and the library from which I order innumerable non-fiction bear testament to that.
I study the period which I am writing about in order to capture the attitudes, beliefs, class distinctions, fashion, meals, and superstitions which divide the age in which I live from times past.
Q. What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
A. First of all, unless you are fortunate enough to have a submission snapped up, regardless of how many rejections you receive don’t give up. As well as writing, take some courses, participate in a face to face writer’s groups and online critique groups which offer constructive comments; and read books on how to write.
Q. What do you do when you’re not writing?
A. I enjoy visiting the local leisure center to swim and enjoy the sauna, steam room and the Jacuzzi.
Something else I enjoy is visiting charity shops and car boots to see if I can find items for my home. Over the years I’ve collected blue and white china which I display in my dining room. None of it was expensive but all of it is attractive, and one of my granddaughters is fascinated by a tiny teapot.
Q. What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
A. Something interesting that compels me to read on even regardless of what I should be doing.
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The Captain and The Countess
Why does heart-rending pain lurk in the back of the wealthy Countess of Sinclair’s eyes?
Captain Howard’s life changes forever from the moment he meets Kate, the intriguing Countess and resolves to banish her pain.
Although the air sizzles when widowed Kate, victim of an abusive marriage meets Edward Howard, a captain in Queen Anne’s navy, she has no intention of ever marrying again.
However, when Kate becomes better acquainted with the Captain she realises he is the only man who understands her grief and can help her to untangle her past.