GENRE: Regency romance
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
Oh, I don’t know. I’ve never wanted to be a character from any of my books, though I suspect I put a bit of myself into each of them. In the case of Brynnde, I’d maybe want to be Julia. She’s so feisty and fun. Or perhaps I’d rather be Garrick because he’s so witty and at ease and gets to travel.
Q2: What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?
At one point I realized I had all the forms of address wrong and I had to go back and change them! It was important to me to get it right. I know readers of Regency romances are keen on the details, though back when I used to read them I’m not sure I would have known the difference. Anyway, I do hope I got it correct after all that!
Q3: If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?
Hmm. I think I’d want someone clever so we could get off the island? I’m not sure who that would be though. The unfortunate thing about my taste in book boyfriends is that I like the reticent type—smart but perhaps not clever, and not talkative either. Being stranded with any of them would be kind of awkward and terrible, I think, rather than romantic.
Q4: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
When someone asked me to write something for her specifically (a short play for a directing workshop). Like, when I realized I was the person others might come to for something like that, I thought, “Oh, I must really be a writer.” And when that play went on to be produced at two different festivals and made into a short film, then I really knew.
As for prose, I still sometimes wonder whether I’m destined for it. But my stories and books have done relatively well and I have yet to hit again with plays or screenplays, so looking at my track record, my prose definitely comes out the winner.
Thing is, I don’t know that writing (of any kind) is a destiny. It can be a job, and it can be a career, but in any case it’s a lot of hard work and willpower. It’s mostly not allowing yourself to be distracted by the dozen other things clamoring for your time and attention.
Q5: If this book is part of a series, how did the series come about? Did you intend a series from the very beginning?
Brynnde isn’t part of a series, though I do intend to write more Regency romances. I’m working on the next one now, in fact.
I have had people suggest I do make Brynnde into a series. They want to know more about the secondary characters. I don’t know yet if I’ll revisit them though.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
a. Coffee, tea, or other? chai (so I guess tea)
b. Music preference? pop
c. Favorite movie? Young Sherlock Holmes
d. Dog, cat, or other? cat
e. Favorite author? at the moment, Kate Morton
f. Favorite actor/actress? Tom Hiddleston maybe? I really don’t know.
g. Favorite television show (past or present)? Broadchurch
About the Book
Brynnde Archambault seems able to find matches for everyone but herself. With the help of the handsome and witty Viscount Burbridge, she manages to get his sisters, her brother, and a family friend paired off. But if she doesn’t find a match for herself soon, she may be stuck with dull Mr. Dallweather. Can she find a suitor–or has the right match been staring her in the face all along?
Read an Excerpt
After supper Brynnde had a break in the stream of dance partners, and she took advantage of it by stepping outside for some air. The spring night was cool and slightly damp; it smelled of grass and dark earth. Brynnde inhaled it deeply and wished once again she could go for a walk, alone and away from the pressing heat of the party.
She was checking her dance card to see if perhaps she had enough time for a short stroll in the garden when Mr. Dallweather appeared. “Miss Archambault,” he said, taking her hand rather abruptly, and Brynnde only just managed to keep from snatching it back. She didn’t want to hurt the poor old gentleman’s feelings after all.
“Is it time for our dance?” she asked, unable now to check her card.
“I’m hoping we have a lifetime of dances ahead of us,” said Mr. Dallweather. “Miss Archambault—”
“There you are!” a voice sounded from behind the columns at the far end of the house. Brynnde turned just in time to see Garrick Sommerford step out of the shadows. “Miss Archambault, I believe this is our dance.”
Bewildered, Brynnde started to say it was not, that he’d asked for the waltz, but Garrick went on, “But you do look fatigued. Let’s get you inside, out of the chill, and put some punch in you, shall we? Dallweather,” he added with a nod at the older man. Mr. Dallweather gave a stiff nod in return.
“That wasn’t very nice of you,” said Brynnde as Garrick ushered her inside. “Stealing Mr. Dallweather’s dance. I thought you wanted the waltz.”
“I did and I do,” said Garrick amiably. “I also wanted to save you both the embarrassment of him declaring himself to you.”
Brynnde gasped audibly. “That’s ridiculous!”
“That he planned to propose? Or that I wanted to stop him?”
Brynnde could easily be seen as your typical Regency romance … young woman wants nothing to do with the season yet must follow her mother’s wishes. She finds someone she’s attracted to but scandal intercedes and it looks as if she’ll have to settle for a man twice her age.
What’s NOT typical about this book is the influx of interesting secondary characters and the high caliber of writing — both of which made this a far-above-average Regency romance. The writing is fluid, the characters (both main and secondary) extremely engaging, and the plot twists far more interesting than standard Regency fare.
If you’re already a lover of Regency romance, you’ll definitely want to read this book. If you’re new to Regency, Brynnde is a great place to start.
About the Author
Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, and published author.
M holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to her own writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with her family, cats, and hamster. Find out more about her by visiting the following:
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