Next up I’m on the blog blitz for Playing the Duke’s Fiancee and am bringing you an Q&A with author Amanda McCabe. But first, as usual, here’s all you need to know about the book…..
about the book
Title: Playing the Duke’s Fiancee
Author: Amanda McCabe
Genre: Historical Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone Book Two in The Dollar Duchesses Series
Estimated page count: 201
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (22 July 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
A pretend proposal
For the unconventional heiress
When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…
q&a with amanda mccabe
Amanda McCabe, Amanda Carmack, Eliza Casey
Historical Romance, Mystery
What inspired you to start writing?
Reading! I’ve always been a big reader, and after spending a couple of summers with my grandmother (another big reader, who would buy enormous boxes of books anywhere she could find them, like garage sales, and then would let me read them), I realized I had stories in my head, too! I think the first one I wrote was a short story about a tea-set that would come alive at night in it’s cupboard (it won a 4th grade school prize!)
How many books have you written and published?
I’m not sure completely—over 50? I write in a few different names, and it’s hard to keep track sometimes!
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Oh, that is hard! I suppose I have 2, one is a romance, “Countess of Scandal,” written as Laurel McKee. It’s set in 1790s Ireland, and is based somewhat on some of my own family history. The other is a mystery, “Murder at Fontainebleau,” by Amanda Carmack. The research for that one (Mary Queen of Scots, Catherine de Medici, and French chateaux!) was the most fun
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Historical sources (poems, novels, newspapers if they existed then) are very useful for knowing what names were popular then, or what unusual names might have interesting meanings! I really enjoy scrolling through baby name websites, too. It’s fun to see what names fall off in popularity then come back again! Many times the characters just tell me their names…
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I quite like Kate Haywood, the sleuth in my Elizabethan Mysteries series! She’s very resourceful, she could probably help me figure out how to find food, build shelter, etc
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
That’s always so hard to decide! I have tooooo many books I love and re-read. I guess if I was on that desert island, I would take all of Austen’s books with me. My favorite of hers is “Persuasion,” though that might change on a different day
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was a very little kid, I had a picture book I loved about a princess with very long hair (I never can remember the title, and I lost the book long ago, sadly!). I think I scribbled a story about a princess and her hair in homage. The first “real” book I wrote was a sort of romance saga in high school, it was set in the Victorian age but all my friends were the characters.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I worked in a library in college! A bookstore, a classical music radio station (loved this one), the development office for an orchestra…
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Just as long as we can come back safely! I’d love to get a look at an Elizabethan palace, or a Regency country house
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d really like to talk to my grandmother again, let her know what I’ve been reading lately. Or maybe a chat with Jane Austen to see what she might have written next!
What are your favourite things to do?
Besides writing (or reading), I love embroidery (this is a great thing to do while I’m trying to work out a plot problem in my mind), watch BritBox shows, play with my dogs, eat out, go for hikes in the mountains (we live in a beautiful place for this)
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I thought I saw a ghost once!
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Write for yourself. It’s easy to lose sight of this sometimes, to lose sight of why we start writing (or doing anything artistic) in the first place! But it’s important to remember why we love what we do, what we find in it that can’t be found anywhere else
And finally, name one book you think everyone should read?!
LOL! I’m not sure there is anything everyone should read, I’m always afraid to recommend favorite books of mine because some people think “Why would she like this, it’s terrible??” But (this might sound odd) I do think people should at least try “War and Peace.” It’s not a difficult read (though its sheer length is daunting), and it has SO many things packed into one story. History, folklore, romance, tragedy, family dynamics, war AND peace. There’s something almost everyone would like in there
follow the tour
Thanks for Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Amanda for chatting with us.
I’ll be back later this evening with my second review of the day. Until then, have a good one.