We are so excited to welcome Anna Harrington to our Meet The Author spot this week!
The Secret Life of Scoundrels series (DUKES ARE FOREVER, ALONG CAME A ROGUE, and HOW I MARRIED A MARQUESS)
ABOUT HOW I MARRIED A MARQUESS
A SHOCKING DECEPTION . . . Josephine Carlisle, adopted daughter of a baron, is officially on the shelf. But the silly, marriage-minded misses in the ton can have their frilly dresses and their seasons in London, for all she cares. Josie has her freedom and her family . . . until an encounter with a dark, devilishly handsome stranger leaves her utterly breathless at a house party. His wicked charm intrigues her, but that's where it ends. For Josie has a little secret . . . . .
LEADS TO AN EXQUISITE SEDUCTION Espionage was Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney's game-until a tragic accident cost him his career. Now to salvage his reputation and return to the life he loves, the marquess must find the criminal who's been robbing London's rich and powerful. He's no fool-he knows Josie, with her wild chestnut hair and rapier-sharp wit, is hiding something and he won't rest until he unravels her mysteries, one by one. But he never expected to be the one under arrest-body and soul . . .
What are you working on now?
I’m so busy right now!! I am currently working on two projects...a novella and a new 5-book series. The novella, due out in the fall, is set in 1842 and is about the romance between Faith Westover, daughter of Kate and Edward from DUKES ARE FOREVER, and Stephen Crenshaw, the baby in ALONG CAME A ROGUE. Twenty-five years have passed, and Stephen has set his bad-boy sights on the one thing he cannot have—Faith.
The new series, Capturing the Carlisles, which will be out in 2017, follows the romantic exploits of the Carlisle brothers who were introduced in HOW I MARRIED A MARQUESS. As the “scourge of Mayfair,” the three rogues have finally met their matches—in more ways than one.
Do you get to write full time or do you also have a “day” job?
I am a professor of humanities, which I love! I get to share my love of music, art, architecture, and travel with my students. Who wouldn’t want to get paid for looking at great art and listening to amazing music?
Favorite part of being an author?
Everyone will know that I’m a writing nerd when I say that my fav part of writing is doing revisions. That’s when I get to dive into the whole work and mold it, shape it, polish it...The best part of writing is rewriting.
Scariest part of being an author?
Coming up with new ideas! I’m always afraid that my plots will be too dull or boring, the conflict too difficult (or non-existent!), the characters unlikable...It’s only when I have the finished draft that I can let go of the worry.
Who are your favorites to read?
My favorite Regency romance writers (right now!) are Suzanne Enoch, Sabrina Jeffries, and Judith McNaught, and my all-time fav historical romance is Hoyt’s Duke of Midnight. My all-time favorite writers, however, are the magical realists—Kafka, Marques, Borges—for their courage to break boundaries, Fitzgerald’s Gatsby for the description, and Heller’s Catch-22 for its black comedy.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to fly! No more TSA checkpoints or lost luggage!!
Who or What is your most interesting muse?
Architecture. I know, I know—that sounds weird, and maybe it is. But I get my best inspiration from visiting grand old houses and gardens, which makes me wonder about the people who would live in such places and all the stories they would have to tell...The writing flows from there.
One piece of advice to an aspiring writer?
Write the story you want to read, with the characters you love. (I know, it’s the standard advice, but it’s also the truest advice I’ve ever heard.) If it’s a story that you want to read, then someone else wants to read it, too. Always be true to yourself.
Where can we find you?