1. When did you find out you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written. When I was a child I wrote “books” and illustrated them, dreaming that someday I would make a living as a writer. But as I grew older, and went off to college, I started looking into “real” careers. Though writing has been a major part of every job I’ve ever had, I never really thought I could truly become a full-time author until I left my fast-track corporate job to stay at home with my two children.

2. Do you still have a job on the side?

I am very fortunate that I can now stay at home, doing what I love, while getting paid for it.

3. Was “Rules of Engagement” your first novel published?

It was my second completed novel, but my first published. My first novel was what I lovingly call my ‘learning book’ and it will remain in my bottom desk drawer where it belongs.

4. How difficult was it to get launched?

I was very lucky. Though my first book never got published, it did come close, and if nothing else, snared a great agent (Jenny Bent, Trident Media in New York). When my second manuscript, Rules of Engagement, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for best long historical, Jenny was able to sell it rather quickly.

5. Do you do a lot of research for your books?

I do a lot of background and period research. Most never reaches the pages, but knowing the political climate, the social scene, domestic life, etc., is essential to making any story come to life.

6. Do you sometimes travel to the locations you use in your books?

Actually I love to travel and to visit the settings for my books whenever I can. Walking the streets, visiting the same houses, assembly rooms, castles and parks that my characters do really bring the stories to life in my mind, and then on the pages.

7. Do you plan on more novel with the Featherton sisters?

In January 2005, Lady in Waiting, the second book in the Featherton series was realeased by Warner. In September 2005, A Lady’s Guide to Rakes, the third, will hit the shelves, and in 2006, Love is in the Heir, the last of the series will be released. After that, I plan to begin a trilogy about three sisters (with a big secret) in London.

8. Are your heroines much like you?

I think al characters are autobiographical to some extent. They all press through the filters of an author’s life. That said, my heroines seem to have a life of their own once I start writing.

9. How do you handle criticism?

You need the hide of a rhino to survive in this business. Sure, sometimes it hurts, but you can’t let it affect your writing if you want to continue publishing.

10. Do you have your own favourite writers? If so, who are they?

I read so widely that my favourite writer vary depending on my mood. In Romance, I love Mary Jo Putney, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Boyle, Sophia Nash, Connie Brockway….oh, I could go on and on. Outside of Romance, I love Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Sophia Kinsella, Diana Gabaldon and so many others.

 

 
© 2005 Nickie Fleming/Jansan